The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, located in Boston’s original 1887 water pumping station in Chestnut Hill, houses two enormous fully intact steam-driven pumping engines, each designed and built by two long-forgotten titans of the steam age. This is the story of how the careers of these two remarkably similar engineers intersected under the auspices of the Boston Waterworks in 1898. Learn how each fought for world recognition, through the massive machines they created. Discover who was victorious in the “brawl in the engine hall” and be inspired to visit the Waterworks Museum to learn more.
Eric has a BA in History from Vassar College. In 2009, while earning a Masters in Museum Studies from Harvard’s Extension School, he volunteered at the newly created Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill, MA and has worked there ever since. For the past three years, he has served as the Executive Director of the Waterworks Museum. Committed to strengthening public awareness of the vital importance of history by helping to protect the sites, artifacts and organizations that bring the past into the present, Mr. Peterson currently serves as Vice President of the Massachusetts History Alliance. He is also a co-founder of Industrial History New England.