WILMINGTON/TEWKSBURY — Did you know that Silver Lake was once a very popular destination getaway for people from "the city"? Many homes surrounding the lake were originally vacation cottages. Visitors traveled on trains from Boston to enjoy the lake and its summer activities. Learn about this and many other interesting Silver Lake memories on Monday June 17th at 7 p.m. at the Wilmington Memorial Library.
A panel of longtime residents and history buffs will present their information and encourage the audience to share their stories too. The event is sponsored by a joint Wilmington Tewksbury history coalition and facilitated by the library staffs. Wilmington Town Museum Curator Theresa McDermott will be the MC.
Scheduled panel members include Gerry O'Reilly, Joyce Eaton Dalton, Rita Dee O'Brien, and Gerry Duggan. The collected memories of these Silver Lake area residents will inform and entertain the attendees. In fact, O'Reilly has published two books on the subject. The books are available at the town libraries.
O’Reilly grew up at Silver Lake literally on the town line. It ran through his house. “If you went out the front door, you were in Tewksbury, and if you went out the back door, you were in Wilmington,” he says. He remembers when the area was more farmland. “I'll talk from the beginning, and I'll hit a lot of familiar names,” he explains.
The idea for the panel was initiated by Robert Hayes. He is the Community Services Librarian (and Head of Technical Services) at Tewksbury Public Library. “Tewksbury is happy to partner with Wilmington for these local history programs,” says Hayes. “Both libraries are also grateful for the support of the Wilmington Historical Commission, particularly Town Museum Curator Terry McDermott, and the Tewksbury Historical Society, along with Brian at Tewksbury Telemedia and Shaun at Wilmington Community Television for filming and televising these programs.”
With regards to the presentation that evening, Charlotte Wood, Wilmington Memorial Library Assistant Director, describes an interactive format. "The panel is set, but if the attendees have their own stories to share, this will be a great time to share them," she says. "They also can bring photos and memorabilia if they have any."
The ongoing collaboration between the two towns focuses on common interest topics that link both towns together. Wood explained other events sponsored by the collaboration effort. "The Tewksbury Library hosted a program on Jim Micelli last month. In November, Tewksbury is hosting a talk on the Wilmington-Tewksbury football rivalry. And in 2020 Wilmington will host a program on Transportation."
Registration for the Silver Lake history panel event is encouraged. For more information or to register, call the Wilmington Library at 978-658-2967.