Wellesley Historical Society Curator Kathleen Fahey will present a brand new version of her comparison of Wellesley today with the much smaller and rural Wellesley of 100 years ago, at Wellesley Free Library on Thursday, May 4 at 7pm. She will use a combination of modern photographs and older ones from the Society’s archives to show how the town has changed over the years. Topics include the Sullivan Mills in Lower Falls, the long history of Walnut Street fire station, and a whimsical tea room in Wellesley Square.
The Wellesley Board of Selectmen this week gave its blessing to a plan for honoring Dr. Joseph Murray, the late Nobel Prize winning physician renowned for performing the world’s first successful human organ transplant in 1954, with a stone monument and bronze plaque in front of Town Hall.
The hope is that the monument — a gift to the town — will be in place by June 1 and that a dedication ceremony would be held around September that would include members of Murray’s family, friends and other supporters.
Murray, a Wellesley resident from the 1950s until he died in 2012, would be honored with a monument alongside the existing stone monument for William T.G. Morton, known for his pioneering use of Ether in surgery.
Selectman Thomas Ulfelder commented during the BoS meeting that the example of Dr. Murray, in a town with such a strong school system, shows “what heights people can reach in their careers.”
I recommend reading Murray’s autobiography, Surgery of the Soul, if you want to get a more complete picture of his accomplishments and life.
Patriots’ Day 2016 is Monday, April 17. It is a state holiday in Massachusetts (and, fun fact, Maine, which was a part of the Bay State until the early 19th century). The big day commemorates the opening battles of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord, but here in Wellesley, it’s all about the Boston Marathon.
On-street parking meters are free today
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How many Wellesley College students does it take to play a bunch of strong, competitive men determined to make it to the South Pole first? Seven, and you’ll be very impressed with their portrayal of all if you go to see “Terra Nova”, running at Wellesley College Theatre’s Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre through Sunday, April 9.
It takes a stubborn man to die trying to make history as the first-ever to explore the South Pole, that very bottom of the world.
It takes a stubborn and stupid man to all but encourage that death by clinging to British ideas of the “rules and standards among civilized men.” This is especially true when those rules and standards preach such nonsense as “no dogs allowed on the South Pole” and keep a stiff upper lip (easy enough when they’re freezing off), and for God’s sake, God save the Queen. Captain Robert Falcon Scott, played with absolute presence and authority by Sarah Lord, is that guy.
Scott has gone down in history as the leader of the fateful 1912 expedition/race to be the first to make it to the South Pole. He and every man in his crew died. To add insult to death, he was beaten there by over a month by practical-minded Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his well-supplied crew and their dogs.
Cut from a different cloth than Scott, Amundsen was the type to ignore other men’s rules and write his own playbook. He knows his team is brave and will gladly suffer for the goal, but he doesn’t see suffering as and end unto itself. And if a few dogs get eaten along the way, well, that’s just good planning. That guy, challenger to Scott’s goals and ideals, is played with resignation and quiet emotion underneath a stern exterior, by Juliette Bellacosa (also as Wanda last fall in The Waiting Room).
When these dueling philosophies of facing down and prevailing over brutal reality on its own terms vs. a tragic-hero way of looking at one’s place in the world butt up against each other, you’ve got “Terra Nova”, my good people, a play that still has the power to shock, even though history has already told us the ending. The production, directed by Nora Hussey, is such a powerful and visceral visit to Antarctica that you won’t warm up for days.
In honor of the centennial of America’s entry into the Great War, Wellesley Historical Society board members Nan Morrow and John Dirlam will discuss life at home during WWI. They will base their discussion on the large collection of original United States government posters assembled by Nan’s father during WWI.
The lecture will take place on Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Wakelin Room of the Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington Street. Lectures are free and open to the public.