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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.

WHAT'S NEW

Olmsted Lecture Ad

If you missed the Weston Historical Society’s April 26 lecture: Designing Weston: The Olmsted Legacy, the video is now online, thanks to the Weston Media Center. http://weston.vod.castus.tv/vod/?video=6ba22db7-d5df-4dd7-96e5-df381308a75c&view=7&noautoplay=1

The video features Alan Banks, Supervisory Park Ranger at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, speaking on F.L. Olmsted and his successors, and Pam Fox, Weston historian, on Olmsted projects in Weston.

Gertrude Fiske Art Exhibit

Gertrude Fiske Poster

Two Weston Historical Society paintings are on view at a major exhibition Gertrude Fiske: American Master, at the Portsmouth Historical Society in Portsmouth, NH, through September 30. Gertrude Fiske was Weston’s most acclaimed artist. The exhibition of some 60 works celebrates a “major figure in American Impressionism” who deserves to be better known.

Portsmouth, NH is only one hour and fifteen minutes away via Rt. 95 north.

Gertrude Fiske with dogs
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: https://vimeo.com/245923867

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