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Book Club - Meet the Author
Tour the North End with Dark Tide author Stephen Puleo. Lunch to follow at L'Osteria.

Please join in a tour of the North End with author/historian Stephen Puleo which includes the molasses flood site as we discuss this book.  We will meet in front of L’Osteria at 10:45 where the tour begins and ends.  Lunch at L’Osteria follows the tour!  Lunch entrees range from $8-$12.  This event will take place on a Saturday morning, October 15th.  Please RSVP on the PANE website by September 30th for an accurate headcount for this event.  For more information, contact Donna Armentano ’86 at donnaarmentano@comcast.net.  Cell 617-710-8469

Where: L’Osteria, 104 Salem Street, Boston, MA

When: 10:45 am, Saturday, October 15

About Dark Tide:

Shortly after noon on January 15, 1919, a 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses collapsed on Boston’s waterfront, disgorging its contents in a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that traveled at 35 miles per hour. The Great Boston Molasses Flood claimed the lives of 21 people and caused widespread destruction. For the first time, the story of the flood is told here in its full historical context, from the tank’s construction in 1915 through the multiyear lawsuit that followed the disaster. Dark Tide uses the gripping drama of the flood to examine the sweeping changes brought about by World War I, Prohibition, the anarchist movement, immigration, and the expanding role of big business in society. It’s also a chronicle of the courage of ordinary people, from the firemen caught in an unimaginable catastrophe to the soldier-lawyer who presided over the lawsuit with heroic impartiality.

About Steve:

Stephen Puleo is an author, historian, university teacher, public speaker, and communications professional. His books include A City So Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900; The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day; Due to Enemy Action: The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56; and Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.

In 2008, Steve was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by the Appian Club, an Italian-American organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Italian culture in Massachusetts. In 2007, he received the prestigious i migliori award, presented by the Pirandello Lyceum to Italian-Americans who have excelled in their fields of endeavor and made important contributions to society.

A former award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor of feature stories and book reviews to American History magazine and the Boston Globe, Puleo holds a master’s degree in history (From Italy to Boston’s North End: Italian Immigration and Settlement, 1890-1910, UMass-Boston, 1994), for which he received the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement, and was the Graduate Convocation keynote speaker.  He teaches at Suffolk University in Boston.



Event Information
Saturday, Oct 15 2011 at 10:45am [ iCal ]
104 Salem Street
Boston, MA
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Look Who's Coming:
Karl Ahlstrand (and guest))
John Anderson
Class of 1970
Donna Armentano
PANE *86
Lixy Carey
Mary Donchez
PANE guest
Gary Farner
Mary Haskell
widow class of 1951
Ellen Porter Honnet
Princeton Class 1973
Peter Lee
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Joy Rotondi
Anne Smagorinsky
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Paul Wilson
David Wirth
Boston College Law School
David Wirth
Boston College Law School
... a total of 15 guests.

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