The Makers of the Mold book cover

Celebrating the Makers of the Mold

On November 19, 1998 The Friends of Hemlock Gorge gathered at the Newton Public Library to celebrate the online publication of Ken Newcomb’s Makers of the Mold, a history of Newton Upper Falls and the Industrial Age of Hemlock Gorge. This event helped rescue a fragile manuscript that could not find a publisher. Click here to see our photo album of that event.

The late Ken Newcomb
Portrait of Ken Newcomb

On Friday, February 4, the Friends of Hemlock Gorge joined with fellow Upper Falls residents to celebrate the print publication of Ken’s book. The print publication was entirely the initiative of Jerry Reilly of Upper Falls. He oversaw the entire project, brought it to completion, and then organized with Karen Osborn-Shanley a party at which fellow Upper Falls and Waban residents, as well as Ken’s friends and family, celebrated the book’s publication and shared stories about the author, his beloved village, and his book.

The event will be reported on NewTV starting on Tuesday, February 8. You can see it on cable TV or online at

Copies of the the Makers of the Mold book can be purchased online and are also available at several local restaurants, convenience stores and cafes. The full list of outlets can be found here.

Celebration Gallery