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Newton Talks

An Oral History Project for the city of Newton.

Newton Talks, an Oral History Project for the City of Newton

Newton Talks is an oral history project for the city of Newton.  Our hope is to help share the stories and experiences of Newtonians of all backgrounds.  In 2016 we began our first phase: interviewing veterans with a connection to Newton.  We are now interviewing veterans, relatives of veterans (household members & immediate family), immigrants in Newton, and long-term Newton residents (Newton Memories).

Newton Talks is made possible through the joint efforts of Historic Newton, Newton Free Library, Newton Senior Center, and Crossing Generations (a Newton South student group focused on inter-generational programming).

Our interviews can be found under the tab "2016 Interviews," or you can view a playlist here.  We have collected photos of and from our participants which can be viewed here.

Project Staff


Sara Goldberg, Curator of Manuscripts & Photographs, Historic Newton

Kimberly Hewitt, Public Services and Special Collections Librarian, Newton Free Library

Ilana Seidmann, Program Coordinator, Newton Senior Center

Clara Silverstein, Community Engagement Manager, Historic Newton

Catherine Wilson, Senior Library Assistant, Newton Free Library

Community Partners

Newton Talks has been fortunate to create community partnerships across the city. These partnerships aid us in finding participants as well as assisting with the interview process and processing.

Our partners include:

Crossing Generations, a Newton South High School student group

Brookhaven Hospice

Chinese American Association of Newton (and its project participants from Newton North High School).

...and many individual volunteers for which we are very thankful!