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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Panel discussion tomorrow night on "Immigration and Somerville's Economy: A Historical Perspective"

TomorrowWednesday, May 10th, at 6:30, the Somerville MuseumThe Welcome Project and the Union Square Playlist are co-sponsoring a wonderful panel of historians and long-time local business owners on "Immigration and Somerville's Economy: A Historical Perspective." We hope you can join us! If you are on Facebook, please share the event with friends. It would be a big help to us, and we thank you! The panel will be held at The Welcome Project, and directions are below.

Somerville is the most densely populated city in New England, and about a third of the city’s 80,000 residents are immigrants. Please join us for a panel discussion on the historical role of immigration in Somerville’s economy. Moderated by the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Director of Programs Gavin W. Kleespies, the panel includes public historian Edward Gordon, the Welcome Project’s Executive Director Ben Echevarria and members of Somerville’s business community. How did immigrants from Ireland, Italy, Greece, Portugal and other countries participate in the local economy and shape early Somerville? Since the 1980’s, immigrants have come to the city from all over the world including Central and South America, Haiti, and Cape Verde. How is Somerville’s history of immigration significant to the city’s identity? What can we learn from stories from Somerville’s business community?

This event is supported by Mass Humanities, whose grants inspire considered thought, conversation, and action through the humanities. We’re happy to participate in their mission to improve civic life in Massachusetts. Learn more about what Mass Humanities does here:

Note: This panel is at The Welcome Project at 530 Mystic Avenue in Somerville. Enter the parking lot at the stop light on Mystic Avenue, and park in any available spot (bicycle parking is also available). Street parking can also be found across Mystic Avenue under I-93 on Shore Drive (a Somerville parking permit is not needed to park here). The doors to 530 Mystic Avenue are on the parking lot side (not the street-facing side) of the building. The exterior doors to the building say “Somerville Housing Authority,” but go right inside – you are in the right place!  We look forward to seeing you!

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