civic-minded residents; The time to plan for a Visitor Center and
Museum in East Boston is now.
by Ron Hardaway - Project Coordinator
During the first quarter of this year there
will be presentations about the proposed East Boston VISITOR CENTER
AND MUSEUM held at many of our neighborhood associations and
The purpose of these presentations are to share with everyone the
planning that has gone on contiguously since January - 2010, when
the news announced that the Immigration Station on Marginal Street
at the harbor edge, would be demolished by Massport. This site stood
as a monument to the location where many area ancestors first
entered the United States, New England and our own, East Boston.
It seemed disrespectful that such a landmark could, and presently
has, been removed from our physical community. The individuals and
families who came through that port-of-entry deserve to be honored
for their sense of adventure and their contribution to the many
industries centered here. East Boston immigrants, in the past and
through the present, have shaped the character of our neighborhood
and Boston beyond.
To correct this injustice, a small group of your neighbors began
thinking of ways to document and tell this historic story. We felt
our purpose, for sure, should be to inform the children of these
early immigrants of their heritage. In addition, other benefits
should include informing the many visitors that pass our way due our
proximity to the airport and introducing new comers to this
community as a place for their business or they might find our town
appealing for their residency.
Therefore, please join your neighbors at one of these brief
presentations and complete your personal evaluation form, we will
provided. We solicit your comments and suggestions in making this
new venture a success for our community and commemorating these
ancestors in their contributions and early development of our nation
and East Boston.
Salvatore LaMattina also welcomes your comments.
For more information please contact
* A sincere "Thank you" to members of the East Boston Initiative who
have contributed of their time and talents to bring this concept