New town history will celebrate Brookline’s 250th birthday

BROOKLINE – Preparations are well underway to celebrate Brookline’s 250th anniversary in 2019.

Both the Historical Society and the town-sponsored Brookline Town History Committee are working hard on their respective projects: the society’s barn-raising project and the committee’s 100-year update to Edward E. Parker’s "History of Brookline" published in 1913.

Subjects in Parker’s book range from the description of natural features to early church and school histories, government and politics, historical buildings and houses, businesses and attractions, severe weather events and people to remember.

The History Committee’s mission is to fill in these broad topics and more with detailed subjects and historical events occurring since 1913.

The new history will include stories about the Brookline Race Track, the Brookline Ski Hill, railroad activities, the Fresh Pond Ice Co., construction of Route 13, businesses, the formation of community departments, organizations and schools, war veterans of Brookline and more.

The book is scheduled to go to print sometime in 2018 in time for release at the beginning of 2019. This enormous project is being headed up by a nine-person committee whose members are volunteering their time and talent to research and write about these and other topics. Sidney Hall Jr. is the editor.

The Brookline Town History Committee is requesting help from anyone interested in doing research and/or writing about any number of fascinating topics. All contributors can expect to be given full research and writing credit when the book is published, a unique way in which to leave a legacy for generations to come.

The Brookline Town History Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Brookline Safety Complex, located at the junction of Routes 130 and 13, and meetings are open to the public.

If you want to help in any way or for more information, contact Hall at 801-1995 or sidhall@charter.net.