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The Fight before the Flood: Debate over the Quabbin Reservoir

16 January 5:15pm - 7:30pm
Organized by: Massachusetts Historical Society
Venue: Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street

In 1919, state engineers proposed solving Boston’s water supply crisis by damming the Swift River, flooding a western Massachusetts valley and evicting 2,500 people. The contentious six-year debate that followed does not fit the standard story of urban conservationists versus rural peoples, as many valley residents defined themselves as rural and conservationist, and thus offers scholars a chance to see fresh nuances in early twentieth-century land management, rural life, and urban development.

To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.