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Newton Talks

An oral history project for the city of Newton

Get Involved!

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 at the Newton Free Library. We allow 45 minutes for each interview.


To participate: 

1. Download, print, and fill out the two forms below. If you need the forms mailed to you, call the library at 617-796-1360 and ask for Matt or Kathleen, or email You can also fill out and submit the forms online here

2. Mail or bring the forms to the library at 330 Homer Street in Newton, or scan and email them to

3. A staff member will be in touch with you to schedule a day and time for your interview. We will pair you with one of our experienced interviewers, who will read over your forms and make a customized list of questions. 

4. If you have any photos that coincide with the memories and experiences that you plan to share, we would love to see them! Please bring them to your interview, and a staff member will scan them so that they can be included in the slideshow compilation of your interview.