Waterworks Wednesdays

Join us on selected Wednesday nights from April through November for Waterworks Wednesdays. You’ll have your choice of speakers, concerts, tours of the building and the reservoir, and learn about issues relating to water, Boston history, architecture, and landscape.

Please see the calendar for our 2015 Waterworks Wednesday scheduled events. Here is a sample of past events.

 

The History of Newton Water Worksnewton_917_44_18-1-1

In 1876, Newton joined the rush of communities to build a water supply to give its citizens the benefit of running water into their homes. Newton chose the banks of the Charles River as its source, a mixed blessing through the years. Join Marcis Kempe, MWM Executive Director and water supply historian in looking at the early successes and failures of running its first water system and how Newton eventually joined the Metropolitan Water District in 1952. Mr. Kempe will discuss Newton’s efforts from its first supply to the present day and its unique position of hosting so many key MWRA aqueducts and facilities.

When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Where: Waterworks Museum
Time: 7-9 P.M.
Cost: Free – RSVP to info@waterworksmuseum.org or 617-277-0065

 

The Creation of the Quabbin Reservoir: The End of the Swift River Valley by author J.R. Greene

J.R. Greene, who has written extensively about the stories associated with the Quabbin Reservoir, gives a narrated slide presentation entitled “The Creation of Quabbin Reservoir: The End of the Swift River Valley.” Greene will describe what life was like in the towns, show how they looked, and discuss how residents responded to the massive project that changed so many lives.

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Where: Waterworks Museum
Time: 6-8 P.M.
Cost: $5 – RSVP to info@waterworksmuseum.org or 617-277-0065

 

Erasmus Leavitt’s “Ontario” Model Unveiling

Join the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in welcoming the “Ontario”, a model steam engine designed by Erasmus Leavitt (who also designed our massive Leavitt-Riedler engine). This model is graciously on loan from the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments in Cambridge, MA.

When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Where: Waterworks Museum
Time: 7-9 P.M.
Cost: Free – RSVP to info@waterworksmuseum.org or 617-277-0065

 

The Day the MetroWest Tunnel Broke

Do you remember when an MWRA water main burst on May 1st, 2010 in Weston? Remember the subsequent “boil water order” that caused local Boston coffee shops to close, and bottled water sales to sky-rocket? Join Marcis Kempe, Director of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum and former Director of MWRA’s Water System in looking back at the day the MetroWest Supply Tunnel burst, and find out how the Chestnut Hill Reservoir kept water flowing to the city of Boston.

When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Where: Waterworks Museum
Time: 7-9 P.M.
Cost: Free – RSVP to info@waterworksmuseum.org or 617-277-0065

 

Screening of “Under Quabbin”

In 2001, UMass Ahmerst biology professor Edward Klekowski brought cameras beneath the surface of the Quabbin Reservoir, to explore what was left of the four abandoned Swift River Valley towns. This unprecedented documentary first aired in August 2001 on WGBY. Join the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum as we take a look at what remains in “Under Quabbin”. Special thanks to Ed Klekowski and WGBY for permission to screen this documentary.

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Where: Waterworks Museum
Time: 7-9 P.M.
Cost: Free – RSVP to info@waterworksmuseum.org or 617-277-0065

 

NonEvent Presents: MARK FELL

British artist Mark Fell will bring his synthetic music to the Waterworks Museum for another night of experimental ambience amongst the pumping engines. To learn more about Mark Fell, visit NonEvent.

When: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Where: Waterworks Museum
Time: 7-9 P.M.
Cost: Free, Suggested Donation of $10
RSVP REQUIRED: info@waterworksmuseum.org or 617-277-0065