Connecting the Drops: Mapping the History and Innovations of the Boston Water Works System
Aug 22
b&w photo of 3 men digging a tunnel, 1902

Connecting the Drops: Mapping the History and Innovations of the Boston Water Works System

November 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library, Copley Square
700 Boylston Street
MA 02116
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

Hidden beneath Boston’s city streets is a complex system that delivers our most basic, municipal resource: water. The story behind that network begins in the 19th century with monumental engineering efforts that created the Boston Water Works. This richly illustrated talk by Dr. Suanna Crowley, Director of Development & Outreach at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, will take a look at the history of technological and scientific innovation that delivered millions of gallons of clean drinking water to Greater Boston though the 1970s. A trained archaeologist and anthropologist, Dr. Crowley, also known locally as “Dr. Dirt,” will discuss the deep importance of this water works system and explore how it forever changed the trajectory of development in the city. Following the talk, audience members will be invited to join our curator, Stephanie Cyr, for a guided tour of our exhibition, “Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below.”

Please note that this event will take place in the Commonwealth Salon across the hall from the Leventhal Map Center gallery. The gallery will remain open for additional viewing and a tour until 8:00 pm.

Presented in partnership with the Boston Map Society.

Photo credit: Massachusetts. Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board. “Weston Aqueduct, Section 2, west drift of Tunnel No. 1, near portal, Framingham, Mass., Sep. 22, 1902.” Photograph. September 22, 1902. Digital Commonwealth.