Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:30 AM
The Aeronaut Brewing Co. and the Duck Village Stage series host a slideshow and discussion about the economic history of Somerville's oldest commercial district, Union Square. The discussion will profile some of the Square's biggest employers beginning in the 1800's, including the meat-packing, glass-blowing, and textile finishing industries. The event will also feature a selection of photographs and histories of businesses spanning the last 100 years. What forces have historically shaped working life in Somerville? How did the advent of railroads impact the local economy, and how does that history inform the present? How does the city's economic past affect Somerville's identity today? The discussion will be followed by a free performance by Josh Lederman and the Be Nice or Leave Brass Band.