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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.

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WWI poster

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI

If you missed the Weston Historical Society’s November 15th lecture: Weston in World War I, the video is now online, thanks to the Weston Media Center.

The Fall 2018 Weston Historical Society Bulletin is devoted to “Weston in the Great War.” This issue begins with the outbreak of war in Europe. By using newspapers and other primary sources, the author, Weston historian and historical society president Pam Fox, follows the progress of the war from the point of view of Weston residents. Until 1917, the U.S. remained neutral, but some residents became involved in preparing for war or serving as ambulance drivers in France. When the U.S. entered the war in April 2017, Weston supported “Liberty Bond” drives, cheered young men leaving for the front, conserved food, and joined in war relief activities. Click here to link to the Fall 2018 Bulletin."

The Spring 2019 issue will be devoted to the men and women who served and the six who gave their lives. Also covered will be the return of the soldiers and sailors, celebrations and memorials, and two institutions that came out of the war: Weston Post 214 of the American Legion and the Women’s Community League.

Four Images from the November 15th Lecture

The Nolans Pam Fox lecturing

Beth and Tony Nolan                       Pam Fox

Reismans and Molly Tsengs and Nick Danforth

Reismans and Molly Varnau           Tsengs and Nick Danforth