The Somerville Council on Aging will host a slideshow and discussion about the economic history of Somerville's oldest commercial district, Union Square. The discussion will profile some of the Square's biggest employers beginning in the 1800s, including the meat-packing, glass-blowing, and textile finishing industries. The event will also feature a selection of photographs and histories of businesses spanning the last 100 years. What forces have historically shaped working life in Somerville? How did the advent of railroads impact the local economy, and how does that history inform the present? How does the city's economic past affect Somerville's identity today?
Funded project of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.