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Newton HIstoric authors Clara Silverstein and Sarah Leavitt Goldberg will speak about their book,  Norumbega Park and the Totem Pole Ballroom

From its Grand Opening in 1897 to when the gates closed forever on Labor Day, 1963, the park by the Charles River in Auburndale hosted canoeing, amusement rides, live entertainment, and explorations through its zoo and gardens. The Totem Pole Ballroom, at one time called “America’s most beautiful ballroom,” presented nationally renowned big bands led by musicians including Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw.

Nearly 200 images from the Archives at Historic Newton illustrate how the park entertained generations of visitors. Readers of all ages will enjoy this chronicle of a fun part of Newton's past.