Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sticky Business: The Boston Molasses Flood

A presentation titled “Sticky Business: The Boston Molasses Flood” will be given by Historian and Professor Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30 p.m.

In the early afternoon of January 15, 1919, a fifty-foot steel tank filled with over two million gallons of molasses collapsed in Boston's North End sending its sticky contents in a fifteen-foot wave through the neighborhood streets. The disaster was blamed on immigrant anarchists. The event knocked Prohibition and the end of World War I out of the headlines and resulted in a huge civil law suit that was not resolved until 1925.

Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and professor of history.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

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