Somerville is the most densely populated city in New England, and about a third of the city’s 80,000 residents were born outside the United States. On Wednesday, May 10th, 6:30-8 pm, the Somerville Museum, The Welcome Project and the Union Square Playlist present 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 free! The panel discussion 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. See more about what Mass Humanities does here: http://masshumanities.org/