A success!! On Saturday, May 4, Dedham’s first educational symposium was held. The event sold out with 80+ people who attended the program at the Dedham Historical Society and Museum, “Water in Dedham: Past, Present and future”; followed by a guided tour of the Charles River by L.L. Bean. Thank you to our speakers for terrific presenations and for giving people a reason to attend (in addition to caring about history and sustainability). The program (9:30-12:00+) included topics ranging from the history of water in Dedham (the first man-made canal in the country, 1639/40 among other things) to stewardship, water supplies, sustainability, and recreation. To learn about who spoke and thier topics, read more at www.waterindedham.eventbrite.org.

The symposium was a collaborative venture with Dedham Sustanability Advisory Committee, Dedham Civic Pride, Dedham Land Trust, Dedham Environmental Department, and Dedham Historical Society, we had a tremendous team who worked together since last summer to organize and bring the symposium to fruition.The photographs, historic and contemporary, will remain on view at the six locations through May (Dedham Community Theatre, Dedham Community House, Mother Brook Arts & Community Center, Dedham Public Library (both branches), and the Dedham Historical Society and Museum); more details at eventbrite.

Thank you to Dedham Land Trust and L.L.Bean for sponsoring the program, supplies, and marketing, to Mocha Java and Big Bear Cafe & Espresso Bar for supplying delicious coffee, to the town of Dedham for installing the street banner, the exhibit locations, all who attended, and to my four colleagues who made the program possible: Virginia LeClair, Leigh Hafrey, Deb Harrison (all from the SAC), and Janet Holmes (from Dedham Civic Pride).

 

To read the front page story in the Dedham Transcript, visit: https://dedham.wickedlocal.com/news/20190506/history-and-environment-pour-into-water-symposium-in-dedham?fbclid=IwAR0lo3J_OScKcFPIXH-JcNz8bPM5yWbscVdAMDN-f1tfSxezvBdmMliSjRA

Send us your ideas for next year’s symposium! We will post a link from DedhamTV when ready. Thank you for caring about Dedham’s history and future!

Caption: Students from Noble and Greenough who worked on water testing as part of a twenty-five year study.