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Please Send Us Your North End Story for the Story Vault!

There is so much to communicate through your art and design. I cannot help but think of all my realtives who started their journey in this country of ours just feet away from the Square. My great uncle was married in 1906 in the Sacred Heart Church. The rest of my family followed him to Boston. My mother first arrived in 1925 and lived on Prince Street. It is always an emotional moment for me when I'm walking in the footsteps of my ancestors who journeyed here 100 years ago.- Thomas Damigella
My great Uncle Emanuel LoPresti immigrated to the North End, Boston, in 1910. He brought later his 2 children Laura and Alfred, and his wife Alfonsina (Amalia) from Licodia Eubea, Sicily. His other child Inez remained in Sicily with her grandparents and later joined her family in America. My great uncle established and became the first editor of the all Italian daily newspaper La Notizia (The News) in the North End.- Thomas Damigella
In 1918 my great uncle, Emanuel LoPresti died from Influenza. At that time there was a worldwide epidemic of the disease. His daughter Laura continued as editor of the newspaper. He was honored with a grand public funeral. (See accompanying article.)</p> <p>Later the La Notizia newspaper became very involved with the Sacco and Vanzetti murder trial and in 1920 became the initial headquarters of the Sacco and Vanzetti Defense Committee . The headquarters was later moved to 251 Hanover Street in 1925 where they continued to fight for a retrial until the eventual execution of Sacco and Vanzetti in 1927.- Thomas Damigella
La Notizia continued to be published and managed by the Husband of Laura LoPresti, Graziano Longarini, who was a Captain in the Army during World War I and later graduated from Boston University. He was also a member of the elite Governors Council. He continued to run the paper until his retirement and closing of the La Notizia in 1976 which was around the same time that he wrote the book The American Miracle. The Graziano was a staunch supporter of the Constitution and promoted the economics of capitalism which ironically was contrary to the La Notizia original political position on socialistic principles which were popular within the Italian communities in the 1920’s.- Thomas Damigella
My mother immigrated at the age of 7 to the North End in 1925 and joined her parents and sister at 284 Hanover Street. Her birth place was Licodia Eubea, Sicily. She left behind grandparents, uncles, and aunts who decided not to immigrate to America. However, her father Sebastiano, his brother Pasquale, and his sister Alfonsina were the first to leave Sicily in the early 1900’s to find work and opportunity in America. They first came to Boston’s North End.- Thomas Damigella
Story Vault Map

We are very excited to collect stories for the online North End Story Vault Map.

If you have a North End story about a person or event that happened in the North End that you would like to preserve in the Story Vault, please send it to us using the form on this page. Each story will be attached to its own location on the Map, so please be specific about the place in question, if possible.

You can upload pictures and documents using the form. If you have large files such as movies, or physical photographs or documents that you’d like to contribute, please let us know and we can arrange for another way to get the materials from you.

If you prefer to email us the story rather than use the form, we will be very pleased to add it to the Story Vault.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please get in touch with us and we will be very happy to help.

Thank you!

– The North Square Public Art Project team

To read more about the North End Story Vault Map, please visit this page.

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Somerville, MA 02145


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