Dr. Gary Hylander, former history professor at Stonehill College and Bridgewater State University, will give a presentation titled “Sticky Business: The Boston Molasses Flood” at 2 p.m. June 17 at the Center at Medfield, 1 Ice House Road.
Hylander has presented at the Center over the years but has never talked about the Great Molasses Flood — “In the early afternoon of Jan. 15, 1919, a 50-foot steel tank filled with over 2 million gallons of molasses collapsed in Boston’s North End sending its sticky contents in a 15-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 lawsuit that was not resolved until 1925.”
To register, call 508-359-3665.