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Haunting the Quabbin: Inside Out

From: Inside Out Documentaries
Length: 01:02:02

How four towns in an idyllic valley were levelled and burned in the late '30s to build the biggest drinking water reservoir of the era, as experienced by former residents

Prxfile97624_small What happens when the state considers people's homes, indeed whole communities, dispensable? In the late 1930s four towns in Massachusetts found out. These towns were deemed fit for destruction in order to quench a big city's thirst. The Quabbin Reservoir displaced twenty-five hundred people, their homes razed to the ground, their schools, farms, factories, hotels and town halls demolished, and an idyllic valley teeming with life was turned first into a wasteland, and then into the biggest drinking water reservoir of its time. In "Haunting the Quabbin: Inside Out," correspondent Sean Cole meets valley residents who were forcibly moved out. Their nostalgia for the homes of their parents and grandparents is so strong that they meet on a regular basis to share vivid memories. Nearly 70 years later, groups of them go once a year to hold a formal town meeting on what used to be a town common, a piece of land that is still above the water line. They elect town officers and recount stories of life as it used to be in their rural community. Through the voices of its former residents Cole captures the dramatic manner in which the Swift River valley was dismantled, and the effect on those who find the lost valley is still part of who they are and how they live. "Haunting the Quabbin: Inside Out" is about the importance of "home," and what it means to have lost not just your home but a whole way of life. PRSS satellite uplink 2/1/05, 2/3/05 "Haunting The Quabbin: Inside Out" may be considered "evergreen." For more information about this and other Inside Out Documentaries, please contact Namita Raina, National Program Administrator, WBUR Boston. (617) 353-8160 nraina@bu.edu

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Piece Description

What happens when the state considers people's homes, indeed whole communities, dispensable? In the late 1930s four towns in Massachusetts found out. These towns were deemed fit for destruction in order to quench a big city's thirst. The Quabbin Reservoir displaced twenty-five hundred people, their homes razed to the ground, their schools, farms, factories, hotels and town halls demolished, and an idyllic valley teeming with life was turned first into a wasteland, and then into the biggest drinking water reservoir of its time. In "Haunting the Quabbin: Inside Out," correspondent Sean Cole meets valley residents who were forcibly moved out. Their nostalgia for the homes of their parents and grandparents is so strong that they meet on a regular basis to share vivid memories. Nearly 70 years later, groups of them go once a year to hold a formal town meeting on what used to be a town common, a piece of land that is still above the water line. They elect town officers and recount stories of life as it used to be in their rural community. Through the voices of its former residents Cole captures the dramatic manner in which the Swift River valley was dismantled, and the effect on those who find the lost valley is still part of who they are and how they live. "Haunting the Quabbin: Inside Out" is about the importance of "home," and what it means to have lost not just your home but a whole way of life. PRSS satellite uplink 2/1/05, 2/3/05 "Haunting The Quabbin: Inside Out" may be considered "evergreen." For more information about this and other Inside Out Documentaries, please contact Namita Raina, National Program Administrator, WBUR Boston. (617) 353-8160 nraina@bu.edu

Broadcast History

PRSS satellite uplink 2/1/05, 2/3/05

Timing and Cues

RUNDOWN HAUNTING THE QUABBIN: INSIDE OUT PGM TIME 58:59 IN STEREO?sum to mono OK?do not pull left channel only

[1] dump tone [:50] 990Hz @ -14dBFS [0 VU]
silence [:10]

[2] AIR BILLBOARD [:59]

IC: MUX; ?THERE ONCE WAS A VALLEY??
OC: ?FIRST THIS NEWS.?

dump mux fill [4:59]

[3] AIR A SEG. [14:59]

IC: MUX; ?YOU?RE LISTENING TO??
OC: ?...I?M SEAN COLE.? MUX FADE

dump mux fill [:59]

[4] AIR B SEG. [17:29]

IC: MUX, ?I?M SEAN COLE??
OC: ?I?M SEAN COLE.? MUX DECAY

dump mux fill [:59]

[5] AIR C SEG. / CREDITS [18:29]

IC: MUX, ?I?M SEAN COLE??
OC: ?...AND KEN GEORGE.? MUX FADE

?end of program?promos follow?

[6] dump silence [:59]

[7] PROMO #1 [:29]

IC: MUX, ?BOSTON NEEDED WATER...?
OC: ?...INSIDE OUT?; MUX DECAY.

[8] PROMO #2 [:29]

IC: MUX, ?ONCE UPON A TIME...?
OC: ?...INSIDE OUT?; MUX DECAY.

Related Website

http://www.insideout.org/documentaries/hauntingquabbin/