Tuesday, October 2nd: Influenza Centennial book discussion
Pale Horse, Pale Rider, 6:30 pm at Day House
Join us for a discussion of Katherine Anne Porter's Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1939). The collection of short novels will set the historical scene, with a tale that weaves together the Great War and the influenza pandemic with the romance of a young couple forever marked by the events of 1918. Please get your own copy of the book for this free event!
This discussion initiates a series of programs commemorating the anniversary of the 1918 influenza that reshaped Norwood's history. Other events include a tour of Highland Cemetery and a presentation by Dr. Patricia Fanning, author of Influenza and Inequality: One Town's Tragic Response to the Great Epidemic of 1918.
The Influenza Centennial programming is organized jointly by Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood Historical Society, and the Norwood Department of Health. These events are made possible by a Mass Humanities grant. You can find a full list of events at the library website.
Wednesday October 24th: Fall Membership Meeting, 7:30 pm at Day House
Featuring Professor Allison Hepler on McCarthyism in the Suburbs
Hepler will recount the history of Mary Knowles, the South Norwood branch librarian for the Morrill Memorial Library, who was fired in 1953 after testifying before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee and, when asked if she'd ever been a member of the Communist Party, she declined to answer, relying on her Fifth Amendment rights. Hepler's talk will illustrate the impact of McCarthyism on small towns -- both the "ordinary" people and local officials, some of whom abided by the standards of the era. Allison Hepler is Professor at University of Maine Farmington who recently published McCarthyism in the Suburbs: Quakers, Communists, and the Children's Librarian (Rowland & Littlefield, 2018)
Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement
Wednesday Nov 7th 7:00 at Morrill Memorial Library
Historian Barbara Berenson presents the key figures of the movement to win women the right to vote in Massachusettes. The lawyer, historian and author's most recent book is Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (The History Press, 2018). She will trace the long struggle that preceded the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. This event is co-sponsored with the Norwood League of Women Voters and the Morrill Memorial Library. Admission is free, but please reserve your seat by calling 781-769-0200 x110.
The Day House is located at 93 Day Street, and Morrill Memorial Library is nearby at 33 Walpole Street.
Meetings of the Board of Governors are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Day House.
Members' meetings are normally held on the fourth Wednesday of April and October, and we host a tour in Norwood, or nearby, every June. Other programs and special events scattered throughout the year.