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.

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