Exploring ‘Defective Delinquency’ Laws

Zoom Newton, MA

'Defective Delinquency' Laws Between 1911 and 1971, Massachusetts passed laws that empowered officials to indefinitely imprison people with intellectual disabilities who the state believed were “likely to commit crimes.” Students from Gann Academy share what they learned about the law and the personal stories of those imprisoned.

Tree Planting Ceremony at Jackson Homestead

Jackson Homestead 527 Washington Street, Newton, MA

Celebrate Arbor Day with a ceremony to plant a new tree to replace the more than 200-year-old honey locust in the front yard of the Jackson Homestead that fell during a storm. See what Newton artisans created with wood from the tree at this outdoor event (weather permitting). This event is free. Let us know […]

Silver Lake’s “Lake Talk”

Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton, MA

Take a closer look at Newton's own "Lake Talk," a sub-dialect named after Silver Lake in Nonantum, spoken by generations of locals, including actor Matt LeBlanc. Explore how the uncertain origins of this way of speaking hints at broader cultural connections underlying Nonantum's historically diverse communities.  

House Tour Party

TBD Newton, MA

Gilded Age Party Celebrates the Newton House Tour Celebrate the 2022 Newton House Tour at a beautifully preserved 1908 home at our Gilded Age in Newton party Sunday, May 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy hearty hors d'oeuvres and wine served in the garden and in the home. Tickets start at $150 per person […]

Historic Book Club Meeting

Zoom Newton, MA

Historic Newton's History Book Club meets regularly to discuss books about history. Meetings are free and open to all. Simply read the designated book in advance and come prepared to discuss it at the meeting. If you are not already on our Book Club list and you would like to receive notifications, please send your […]


Storytime is held at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

Kendrick-Durand House and Grounds 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton, MA

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Storytime Storytime is held at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds on the first Wednesday of each month. On other Wednesdays, join us on our Facebook page for a story and related craft especially for children under age 3. Storytime is generously sponsored by Hampden Design + Construction.

Plant Swap

Kendrick-Durand House and Grounds 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton, MA

Saturday, June 11, 10:00 a.m.-Noon Plant Swap Join us for our annual event started by Mary Morganti that brings together garden enthusiasts to swap plants and other garden items. If you don’t have plants to trade, you can still attend. Admission is free. The event is supported in part by the Harmony Foundation.

The Refugee Experience: Stories from Our Neighbors

Zoom Newton, MA

People facing humanitarian catastrophes in their native countries have sought refuge in the United States throughout history. Join us for a panel discussion with neighbors whose families were forced to leave Austria, Cambodia and Haiti. These individuals will speak about their countries of origin, their families’ exodus and their adjustment to the U.S. This program […]

Juneteenth Celebration!

Newton North High School Cafeteria 457 Washington Street, Newton, MA

The 2022 Juneteenth celebration takes place at Newton North High School. Historic Newton is collaborating with the New Arts Center for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech about the meaning of July 4. Also learn more about the history of Juneteenth at the event. Remember how amazing last year’s Juneteenth event was? (Check […]

Walking Tour in West Newton

The West Parish Burying Ground Newton, MA

Want to take a closer look at historic sites and landmarks around the City of Newton? Historic Newton is once again presenting walking tours this summer! We'll be visiting the Mount Ida campus, Newton Cemetery, and more. We also have a special bike tour planned. Information about the tours may be found here. The first […]