Historic Newton hosts events in January-February

Ongoing through February 28: DAUGHTERS OF THE SHTETL EXHIBIT

Meet notable early 20th century women from Newton’s Jewish community in Nonantum and beyond in this exhibit about how Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe adapted to life in the Boston area.

The exhibit is accompanied by a free talk, “Daughters of the Shtetl,” as part of the Newton History Series (see below).

February 3-4: FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON

Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums. Information: 617-796-1450.

February 3 and 4, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue

February 11: TUPELO JUNCTION IN CONCERT

Tupelo Junction is a modern folk and bluegrass quartet that also dabbles in roots and country. Featuring Conor Fortin, Sarah Gordon (who grew up in Newton and graduated from Newton North High School), Whit Hall, and Corey Fein, the band plays everything from jigs to hoedowns, bringing their own style to classic folk and bluegrass songs from America’s early settlers as well as contemporary folk tunes. Their three-part harmonies and fiddle breakdowns will inspire you to laugh, cry, and maybe dance, too.

Admission: $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, students, and Historic Newton members. Children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets through historicnewton.org or call 617-641-9142.

February 11, 2:30 pm

Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue

February 22: NEWTON HISTORY SERIES – DAUGHTERS OF THE SHTETL

Between 1882 and 1924 over one million Jewish women emigrated from Eastern Europe to America. With them they brought the rigid role of women inherent in shtetl life; their lives had been confined to the kitchen, marriage and motherhood. When these Jewish women and their daughters arrived in America, there was a clash between the patriarchal culture of Europe and the new freedoms that America offered. Historian Herb Belkin will talk about this culture clash in a lecture that describes how Jewish girls and women adapted to life in America and went on to become leaders in the labor, suffragette and feminist movements while preserving the traditions of Jewish life. Admission: Free

February 22, 7:00 pm

Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street

February 23: MEET & GREET WITH MAYOR FULLER

Drop by the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds for a special family meet and greet with Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. Chat with the Mayor, and also visit our museum exhibits (we’re offering free admission during this time) to meet the three families who lived in the home. A Historic Newton educator will lead a drop-in family activity to explore the places and spaces a city needs, then design your own Newton! Look at genuine atlases to understand how Newton has changed over time, play a sorting game, and draw your own plans for Newton’s development. Admission: Free.  Information: 617-796-1450

February 23, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue