Commemorate the 100th anniversary of an historic Boston tragedy.
Molasses flood. If those two-words don’t have you consumed with curiosity already, read on! Shortly after noon on January 15, 1919, a 50-foot-tall steel tank collapsed, disgorging its contents—2.3 million gallons of molasses–on Boston’s waterfront. Incredibly, this 15-foot-high wave of dark syrupy substance, travelling 35 miles per hour, killed 21 people, injured 150 more and destroyed just about everything in its path. The unusual story of the Great Boston Molasses Flood has it all: an unimaginable catastrophe and a David vs Goliath storyline. Learn about the victims, villains and victors involved in the disaster and the gripping, multi-year lawsuit which followed…all against the backdrop of a changing world, recovering from World War I, heading into Prohibition, and dealing with the anarchist movement, immigration and the expanding role of big business in society.
PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE FOR THIS TALK:
First Congregational Church
68 Main Street, Falmouth
Eight Cousins Books, our co-host, will have copies of this book at the talk. The book will also be available in the store at 189 Main Street in Falmouth.