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To speak on local history: East Boston Museum & Historical Society hosts Best-Selling Author and Historian Anthony Mitchell Sammarco



EAST BOSTON Ė The organizers of the East Boston Museum & Historical Society will host Anthony Mitchell Sammarco on Thursday, June 8, from 6:30p.m. to 9:00p.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, 100 Boardman Street, East Boston.

Referred to by the Boston Globe as the "Balzac of Boston," Sammarco is a celebrated historian and author of over seventy books on the history and development of Boston and other popular topics. His talks fascinate and enchant audiences all over Boston and surrounding communities. His books Lost Boston, The History of Howard Johnson's: How A Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became a Roadside Icon, and The Baker Chocolate Company: A Sweet History have all made the bestseller list. Boston's Back Bay in the Victorian Era, Boston's North End (and Il North End di Boston in Italian) and the Great Boston Fire of 1872, are among his most popular books.

Sammarco is employed at Boston based Payne/Bouchier Inc. and since 1997 he has taught history at both the Boston University Metropolitan College and the Urban College of Boston, where he was named educator of the year and where he serves on the Leadership Council. His course, Boston's Immigrants, was developed especially for the Urban College and its multicultural and diverse student base, and his book Boston's Immigrants was written to highlight the diversity of the city and is used in his course. His course on Boston History at the Boston University Metropolitan College is one of the most popular courses at the College.

Sammarco has received numerous awards for his contributions including: the Bulfinch Award from the Doric Dames of the Massachusetts State House, a lifetime achievement award from the Victorian Society, New England Chapter as well as the Gibson House Museum, the Washington Medal from Freedom Foundation, the Legionnaire Award from the Renaissance Lodge, Sons of Italy and I Migliori in Mens et Gesta from The Pirandello Lyceum.

He was named Dorchester Town Historian by former Mayor Raymond L. Flynn, for his innovative work and writing in history. He was elected a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, is a member of the Boston Author's Club, a proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum and a member of the St. Botolph Club. In his volunteer work, he is treasurer of the Victorian Society, New England Chapter, a past president of the Bay State Historical League and the Dorchester Historical Society and he served as a corporator of the New England Baptist Hospital for a decade.
Anthony's books East Boston and Lost Boston will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets are $25 and include appetizers.

Tickets can be purchased online at: or by calling 781-629-3693.

Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.

Establishing a museum that celebrates the rich and diverse history of East Boston has been a dream of residents for years. East Bostonís historical significance ranges from the early days of the America Revolutionary War, to a vibrant shipbuilding industry where some of the fastest clipper ships were built to its status as the second-busiest port of entry for immigrants.

While the board of the East Boston Museum project searches for a permanent location, it is looking at several temporary options. Events such as the Sammarco event, and our Facebook book page, allow visitors to see the museumís potential.

For More Information contact: Theresa Malionek
East Boston Museum & Historical Society

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