Learn about the building of the Scituate Reservoir on March 22

Learn about the building of the Scituate Reservoir on March 22

LINCOLN - The Blackstone Valley Historical Society welcomes local author and historian Ray Wolf to the North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike, on Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m.

Wolf will present a program on the building of the Scituate Reservoir. Early last century, Providence's quest for water became a nightmare for the town of Scituate. Among those who had to leave their homesteads to make way for this massive project was Wolf's family. Through the beauty and heartbreak of his grandmother's poetry, Wolf has kept alive the total change in the lives of the hundreds of families whose homes were demolished for the construction of the Scituate Reservoir.

The construction of the reservoir, once the land was cleared, was an engineering marvel. Follow Wolf through the work involved in bringing water miles from its origin to its intended goal. The state of Rhode Island incredibly documented every part of the project, and photographed every building intended for demolition, every major shovelful which brought the finished product a little bit closer. Wolf has compiled these photographs to bring that part of Rhode Island history to life.

Wolf will also have copies of several of his major books, including "The Lost Villages of Scituate," and "The Scituate Reservoir," for purchase and autographing.

Although all programs are free, donations are gratefully accepted, and all interested persons are invited to join the organization.