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Elena Palladino – Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley

November 17, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Local author Elena Palladino will talk about her book about life in the Swift River Valley before it was flooded by the waters of the Quabbin Reservoir

Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley covers the historical period between the 1860s and the 1940s. “The book is the story of the Quabbin Reservoir, which is Boston’s water supply. It is told through the stories of some of the people who had to leave in order for the reservoir to be built,” explains Palladino.

The book follows three principal figures: Marion Smith, a woman from a wealthy manufacturing family; her friend Willard Segur, the country doctor; and another friend Edwin Howe, the postmaster and manager of a general store. “They all contributed to their community and built civic institutions. Later in life, in their 60s and 70s, they were told to leave their homes. They did not want to leave, but all ended up in Ware, where I live now,” says Palladino.

Ms Palladino is scheduled to give her presentation at noon on Friday, November 17, in the Jones Library Woodbury Room.


November 17, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Jones Library Woodbury Room
43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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