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Freedom Trail Map Unveiling on Cross Street in North End

On April 22, 2010, a 6.5’ x 9’ Freedom Trail Map was unveiled on Cross Street in the North End at the location of the former Martignetti’s Liquors. The map is mounted on the brick wall between the Citizens Bank ATM and Nick’s Famous Deli. DePasquale’s Pasta Shop and Caffe Grafitti are also located in Read More…

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North End Historical Society Goes Live

There are many neighborhood groups in the North End/Waterfront area, but one that has been long in coming is a historical society. This is ironic for a community with such a multitude of historical destinations. Thanks to interested residents including local historian, Alex Goldfeld, a North End Historical Society was finally established and recently announced Read More…

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Free Lectures and Tours With North End Historian

Upcoming free lecture and walking tours with North End Historian Alex Goldfeld. More information at Next Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m. At the Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips Street on Boston’s Beacon Hill The North End and Four Centuries of Immigration in Boston Using the North End, Boston’s oldest neighborhood, as a constant reference point, Read More…

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Friends of the NE Branch Library Present at NEWRA Meeting

Friends of the North End Branch Library presented at this week’s North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association(NEWRA) to update the neighborhood on the library’s activities and the latest news on the budget crisis that may lead to the closure of some branches in the Boston Public Library system. President, Robin Ardito, and Paula Luccio, Vice-President started off Read More…

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Stephen Puleo Previews His New Book, “A City So Grand”

Stephen Puleo, author of Dark Tide and Boston Italians, has started previewing his upcoming fourth book called A City So Grand, the Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900. “As the title indicates, the book looks at Boston’s transformation during the second half of the nineteenth century, from a “large town” to a world-class city Read More…

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NEWRA’s February 2010 Meeting Highlights

Here are the highlights from the February 12th North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) meeting. State Representative Aaron Michlewitz announced that Governor Patrick signed the Green Ticket Bill into law. This issue was the subject of his maiden speech in the State House of Representatives. NEWRA’s Clean Streets committee, along with Councilor Sal LaMattina, strongly supported Read More…

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Historical North End Photo Presentation at NEWRA Meeting

There will be a special North End historical photo presentation at Thursday’s February 11th North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) meeting. Vito Aluia, North End resident and local history buff, will present his slideshow of historical North End photographs. Enjoy a historical “tour” of our neighborhood without having to go out in the cold. The regular meeting Read More…

Molasses Flood Aniversary

Today is the anniversary of the North End’s Molasses Flood on January 15, 1919. Katherine blogs about it on Emerson’s Graduate Student journalism site (via Universal Hub), referencing some books on the disaster including  Stephen Puleo’s Dark Tide. Related posts: Was the North End’s Molasses Flood the Worst Food Disaster? North End’s Molassacre Ranks #5 Read More…

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Why Galileo Is So Important Today

Dr. Carlo Cipollone, the Educational Director of the Italian Consulate, presented the following article, Galileo’s Educational Legacy, at a recent symposium at Harvard University. The event was in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope. Many thanks to the author for his permission to republish it and North End resident, Nancy Caruso, for the submission.

In occasion of the Week of Celebration of the Italian Language in the World, the Consulate General of Italy in Boston in collaboration with Harvard University and the Italian Space Agency present a symposium.
Galileo’s Telescope and the Beginning of the Scientific Revolution and Space Exploration

Galileo’s Educational Legacy
by Dr. Carlo Cipollone
Educational Director of the Italian Consulate

As an educator, I can confirm that Galileo continues to generate great curiosity today, even among the youngest members of our society. A few days ago I received an email from a nine year-old student. With her mother’s help, young Ashley asked to address some simple questions to scientists and experts on Galileo. She also requested to meet with me for a chat about this icon of scientific discovery. While reviewing Ashley’s questions I realized that children, in their ingenuity, manage to raise complex topics and queries – challenging most adults to give a suitable answer.

The question that struck me the most was probably the most difficult to answer: “Why is Galileo so important today”?

I hope that I can give an answer to Ashley’s question. I will aim to give the best response I can, trying to offer a perspective based on the man behind the telescope, the man who influenced countless disciplines.

Galileo’s ideas not only sparked a scientific revolution, they initiated a large-scale revolution in human thinking. He changed the way we see the world and more importantly, how we perceive ourselves within it.

Everything began four hundred years ago…