Walking Tour of Mt. Ida Campus

Mt. Ida Campus 100 Carlson Avenue, Newton, MA

Before this Oak Hill location became Mount Ida College and then a campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, it was an estate. See a former 18th-century farmhouse, a lavish Gilded Age mansion, and other buildings repurposed for campus life. Our tours are presented with support from Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Newtonians from Afar – Immigration History, Part 2

Durant-Kenrick House 286 Waverley Ave., Newton, MA

Learn about people who came to Newton from Italy, China, and the former Soviet Union in Part 2 of our immigration history program. Watch excerpts of videos with guest narrators from each community, followed by Q&A afterwards.  

Walking Tour of Newton Cemetery – Great Inventions

Newton Cemetery & Arboretum 791 Walnut Street, Newton Center

Our Great Inventions tour goes to Newton Cemetery to see the final resting place of people who invented items both useful and fanciful, including the microwave oven and the flat-bottom paper bag. We highlight the work of Frederick Law Olmsted on our Sunday, September 18 tour of Newton Centre Playground, which Olmsted designed in the […]

Walking tour of Olmsted’s Newton Centre Playground

Newton Centre Playground Newton, MA

Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted laid out plans for Newton Centre Playground in 1891, putting his characteristic curved, tree-lined paths between ball fields and tennis courts. Discover how Olmsted's original vision still informs the playground, and learn how different people have used the area over the years for everything from barrel races to archery matches. […]