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Newton Talks

An Oral History Project for the City of Newton.

Participation Process

Are you a member of a cultural or religious community within Newton? Have you worked for or served the city in some capacity? Do you know someone who experienced a defining moment or event in Newton? We’re interested in documenting all these facets of life in Newton and more. If you have a story about your experiences in Newton that needs to be told, we would love to hear from you! If you want to recommend someone else for inclusion in the Newton Talks Oral History Project, we can provide the equipment, space, and support for you to interview them yourself, or we can pair them with one of our experienced interviewers. Interviews are generally conducted on the first Thursday of the month at the Newton Free Library. We allow 45 minutes for each interview.


To get involved:



  1. Call the Library at 617-796-1360 and ask for Matt Hendrick or Abby Heingartner, or email us at

  2. You'll speak to a staff member who can answer any questions you have and schedule a day and time for the interview.

  3. Every interviewee needs to fill out a Participant Release form and a Biographical Data form (links below). If necessary, a staff member can email you these forms for you to download or mail them to your home address. Bring the completed forms to the Circulation Desk at the Library, or send them to the following address:

  4. Your interviewer will be in touch prior to the interview to discuss the topics you'd like to cover.


Newton Talks Forms

These forms must be filled out by every participant prior to being interviewed.