November Public Program

A Visit to The Plumbing Museum

Thursday, November 17, 2011
6:30 PM
The Plumbing Museum
80 Rosedale Road
Watertown, MA 02472

For over two decades, The Plumbing Museum has offered curious visitors, plumbers and other tradesmen a unique view of American history.  Founded in Worcester, MA, in 1979, the museum was relocated in 2008 to a building along the Charles River in Watertown that once served as an ice house for the Howard brothers' Metropolitan Ice Company.  The Plumbing Museum offers exhibits of artifacts, plumbing equipment, fixtures and diagrams of various plumbing technologies dating back to the 19th century.  Visitors will learn about the evolution of plumbing over the centuries and gain a new appreciation for the plumbers, engineers and inventors whose work has had such a remarkable impact on our lives.  Come experience a new kind of Americana.

This program is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Joyce at 781-899-7239.


Special Public Program

A Viewing of a DVD featuring Oral Histories by

Helen Bean
Charles Calusdian
Concenzio DelRose
Paul Menton
Joyce Munger

Project funded by the Watertown/Harvard and the Watertown/O'Neill Properties Community Enrichment Fund
Produced by Mary Spiers and the Watertown Cable Access Center

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
9:30 AM
Watertown Senior Center
31 Marshall Street
Watertown, MA 02472

If you missed the first presentation of this DVD in June, this is a chance to see it and share memories with friends and schoolmates at the Senior Center.  Come and bring a friend and/or a photo album.  Refreshments will be served.

This program is free and open to the public.


Special Public Program

A Viewing of the film Traces of the Trade:  A Story from the Deep North

Sponsored by:
World in Watertown
The Historical Society of Watertown

Thursday, November 10, 2011
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

The award-winning documentary, Traces of the Trade:  A Story from the Deep North, explores the history and legacy of slavery from a personal point of view.  Producer/Director Katrina Browne is a descendent of the wealthiest slave-traders in U.S. history.  With nine of her cousins, she traces her family's participation in the Triangle Trade, following the route that ships traveled from slave forts in West Africa to a sugar plantation in Cuba to distilleries in Rhode Island.  This journey raises many questions about the legacy of slavery within the family, how slavery benefited the economy of the northern states and how slavery in our history affects us all today.

A discussion with James Perry, Managing Director of the Watertown-based Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, will follow the showing of the film.

This program is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 617-924-6143.