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The Spring 2018 issue of The Weston Historical Society Bulletin is devoted to the history of the Central Massachusetts Railroad and the coming Mass Central Rail Trail. Included is a special section “Treasures of the Trail,” a guide that includes Weston and part of Wayland. Click here to download a checklist of the treasures. Click here to download the Spring 2018 Bulletin.

2018 Spring Bulletin Cover Phyllis Halpern and Paul Penfield

“Treasures of the Trail” was largely written by Rail Trail Advisory Committee member Paul Penfield Jr. (right), a retired M.I.T. engineering professor. This detailed guide reflects not only his interest in history and how things work, but also his enthusiasm in conveying that knowledge to rail trail users. Weston Historical Commission chair Phyllis Halpern (left) worked with Paul, as did Wayland Historical Commission member R. Richard “Rick” Conard.

Paul Penfield leads walk

Paul Penfield Jr. (center) leads a walk on the future rail trail in October 2017.


"Designing Weston: The Olmsted Legacy"

Thursday, April 26, 2018

A slide lecture by Alan Banks
Pam Fox

Weston Public Library Community Room
7:15 pm Refreshments
7:30 pm Lecture
All are welcome.

In celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 196th birthday on April 26, Alan Banks, Supervisory Park Ranger at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline will discuss the life and work of Olmsted and his successors. Beginning in 1857 with the design for Central Park in New York City, Olmsted, his sons, and his successor firm created designs for more than 6,000 landscapes across North America, including many in Boston and Weston. As part of the program, Weston historian Pamela Fox will speak on estates in Weston designed by the Olmsted firm.

Frederick Law Olmsted Sr.

Olmsted Brothers, successor firm to Frederick Law Olmsted (left) designed the Italian Garden at the Hubbard estate, 80 Orchard Avenue (below.) (Images from Olmsted National Historic Site, NPS)

Olmsted successors
Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.

Members of the Olmsted firm: James Frederick Dawson, FLO, Jr., and Percival Gallagher.

View of Hubbard Italianate Garden
The Fall 2017 issue of The Weston Historical Society Bulletin is devoted to the history of Roxbury Weston Preschool and Weston METCO. Histories by Harriet Elliston, Rev. Judith Hoehler, and Imogene Fish tell how a small group of determined Weston residents set out to improve race relations in their own community by setting up a summer camp and then a preschool. The remainder of the 52-page issue is devoted to Weston METCO from its beginnings in 1967 to the present. Click here to read.

For anyone who missed the Weston Historical Society’s informative and thought provoking program, “A History of METCO in Weston: 50 Years,” the Weston Media Center has posted a video of the November 9, 2017, event:

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