Shrewsbury – Wednesday Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., the Shrewsbury Historical Society will host Eamon McCarthy Earls, author of “Wachusett: How Boston's 19th Century Quest for Water Changed Four Towns and A Way of Life,” at 1830 Brick Schoolhouse on the Town Common.
Earls will be speaking about the dramatic story of the construction of the Wachusett Reservoir from 1895 to 1908. It was one of the largest civil engineering projects in New England history.
Earls first became interested in the Wachusett Reservoir and the Boston water system after visiting the Wachusett Dam in 2004. After reading many of the books written about the Quabbin Reservoir and the Boston water system as a whole, he began to seek information about Wachusett. To his surprise, he found no single work existed on the subject, leading him to begin the two years of research which led to the present volume. “Wachusett: How Boston's 19th Century Quest for Water Changed Four Towns and A Way of Life” is his second book. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the meeting.
The program is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. To find out more about the Shrewsbury Historical Society, visit their web site at www.shrewsburyhistoricalsociety.org.