Dr. Regina Marchi talks about her book Legendary Locals Thurs. Aug. 13, at
The East Boston Public Branch Library proudly presents a
fourth-generation East Bostonian and professor of journalism and media studies
at Rutgers University, Dr. Regina Marchi tells the history of East Boston
through the experiences of its diverse residents. East Boston is the site of key
developments in the nation's history, including the first naval battle of the
American Revolution, the creation of the world's fastest sailing ships, the
country's first underwater tunnel, and the nation's first public branch library.
It has had its share of famous residents, from Colonial governor John Winthrop
and repentant Salem witch trial judge Samuel Sewall, to clipper ship builder
Donald McKay and the world's first female clipper ship navigator, Mary Patten.
Pres. John F. Kennedy's paternal grandparents and father were born in East
Boston, where they started their first businesses and political ventures, and
the neighborhood has produced numerous community activists, musicians, artists,
writers, and athletes.