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The Romance of Norumbega

Posted by Ralph Ranalli April 23, 2007 01:31 PM

(Newton History Museum image)


Long before the atmosphere in western Auburndale was overrun by the sounds of cars zooming along Route 128 and the Massachusetts Turnpike, it was filled with adventure and romance.

From the late 1890s to the post-WWII era, Norumbega Park was a mecca for recreational boating and home at various times to a zoo, a vaudeville theater, and the sophisticated elegance of the Totem Pole ballroom. The park was so popular that, just a few years after it opened, it was considered to be one of the most heavily canoed places on the planet.

To remember the park's golden age, the Newton History Museum is presenting a new exhibition titled Norumbega: Romance & Recreation by the River. An Opening Reception for the exhibit will be held on on Thursday, April 26, 2007 from 5 to 7 pm. The public is invited, and admission is free.

Anyone seeking additional information is urged to visit the museum online or call 617-796-1450.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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