On Wednesday, September 24, local historian Dick Gelpke will give the third in a series of presentations on the history of Lake Boon. The talk is free and starts at 7 p.m. in the refuge Visitor’s Center. Learn how the lake got its present size and shape, how Temple and Worcester Avenues got their names, and where the railroad stations were. Also, do you know where there is a smallpox graveyard, or why the second basin was the happening place in the 1940’s and 1950’s? Come early and take a look at the center’s exhibits, which include artifacts from the refuge’s Army history and info on its habitats and animals.
Dick is a long time Lake Boon resident. He is retired from the Department of Geography and Earth Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he concentrated on historical and environmental issues and physical geography.
The Friends of the Assabet River NWR holds its monthly speaker series on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the US Fish and Wildlife Services’ Eastern Mass. Visitor Center, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury MA 01776. Talks are free and open to the public.