Newton Talks, an oral history program, is conducting interviews with Newton residents who recall and record their memories of living through historic times.
In 2016 we began by interviewing veterans with a connection to Newton. Since then, we have also interviewed immigrants living in Newton and long-term residents of the city. Going forward, we hope to include a broad range of voices in the project in order to collect, preserve, and share the stories and experiences of Newtonians of all backgrounds.
If you would like to be interviewed, find more information here.
Watch the interviews here. Longtime Newton residents have shared their memories of simple pleasures, such as walking to school and buying ice cream, as well as their overview of development and other changes. Immigrants have recalled their first impressions of the United States and also discussed how they preserve their cultural inheritance in a new country. Veterans remembered grueling moments of training and combat as well as poignant moments of ordinary life during their service in conflicts including World War II and VIetnam.
Newton Talks is made possible through the joint efforts of Historic Newton, the Newton Free Library, and the Newton Senior Center.