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Assabet River NWR presents ‘1942 – How Preparations for WWII Changed Stow’

March 31 @ 2:00 pm

Sudbury – “1942 – How Preparations for WWII Changed Stow” will be presented Sunday, March 31, at 2 p.m., at the Assabet River NWR Visitor Center, 680 Hudson Rd., Sudbury. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Stow Historical Society and the Friends of the Assabet River NWR.

By Dec. 9, 1941, U.S. newspapers were headlining Japan at War with U.S.- Congress to Act.  Pearl Harbor had become part of history, as civilians across the US stepped up their recycling and rationing for the war effort.

Not only did the citizens of Stow recycle metal and tires, shop with ration coupons, buy War Bonds, and send their young men and women to the frontline, they witnessed the Federal Government’s quiet and forceful takeover of 3100 acres of land in Stow, Maynard, Sudbury and Hudson. Nearly half of this land was within Stow’s boundaries. Some families had ten days to vacate their property, their homes and their farms!

Step back into 1942 and learn about two of Stow’s multi-generational families who had their farms taken by eminent domain, as the Federal Government scrambled to build up the country’s defenses.

For more information about programs, membership and the Refuge, visit www.farnwr.org.


March 31
2:00 pm


Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
680 Hudson Rd.
Sudbury, MA 01776 United States
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