The Groundtruth Project, “Boston’s Immigrant Past”

The Groundtruth Project, “Boston’s Immigrant Past”

Marilyn Halter, The Groundtruth Project, “Boston’s Immigrant Past,” 2017. From the sites: “Yet, unlike most U.S. cities with large immigrant communities – such as Los Angeles, where the majority of immigrants are from Mexico, or Miami, where the majority are Cuban – in Greater Boston, no single ethnic group predominates. And this diversity is rooted in the city’s distinct history of immigration, one that dates back over two centuries and encompasses four different waves of new arrivals.”

Irish in the Berkshires, A Retrospective​

Irish in the Berkshires, A Retrospective

Kaitlyn Vogel and Susannah Frey, “Irish in the Berkshires, A Retrospective.” From the site: “Please join in exploring the role of Irish migration to North Adams, Massachusetts and surrounding Berkshire County from the mid 1800s through the early 1900s. Located on the borders of Vermont and New York, North Adams is the smallest city in Massachusetts. The city is still recovering from one of the worst economic collapses of the 20th century when the last of its major factories closed in the 1980s.”

MassMoments, “Chinese Workers Arrive in North Adams, MA June 13, 1870.”

MassMoments, “Chinese Workers Arrive in North Adams, MA June 13, 1870.”

On this day in 1870, a train arrived in North Adams with 75 young men from China hired to replace striking shoe workers. Over 2,000 people watched as the men walked to the factory under police escort. The crowd was hostile, but there was no violence. The Chinese proved to be both cheaper and more efficient than the union shoe workers they replaced. But a Chinese community did not take root in Berkshire County. Within a decade, only five Chinese men remained in North Adams…”

How the Greek Immigrants Came to New England

How the Greek Immigrants Came to New England

New England Historical Society, “How the Greek Immigrants Came to New England,” 2018. From the article: “In 1890 came the first great wave of Greek immigrants. They were 90 percent male, extremely poor and looking for work. Most found it in the mills and factories of the Massachusetts cities of Lowell, Haverhill, Lynn, Boston, and Peabody, Chicopee, Springfield and New Bedford.”

In search of opportunity in the mills

In search of opportunity in the mills

Jim Therrien, “In search of opportunity in the mills,” Berkshire Eagle, March 30, 2014. From the story: “They came in waves during the 19th and early 20th centuries, many lured by the promise of employment in the bustling factories of Berkshire County. They were of Irish, French Canadian, Polish, and Italian descents or belonged to a number of smaller ethnic groups. And like many who first settled in Boston or New York City, these immigrants or their offspring moved west or north in search of greener economic fields.”

Your Story, Our Story – Berkshire Immigrant Stories. Pittsfield.

Your Story, Our Story - Berkshire Immigrant Stories. Pittsfield.

Your Story, Our Story features objects and traditions that tell personal stories of American migration and cultural identity. This national project uncovers patterns and differences of our experiences across the country. Explore stories from across the country, upload a story that carries meaning in your family, and join us in telling the stories of American migration and cultural identity.

History of Italian-Americans in Boston.

History of Italian-Americans in Boston.

From the site: “Not all of the 5.3 million Italians who immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 1978 came through Ellis Island. Many came through other ports, including the Port of Boston. Exactly how many stayed in Boston is not known, but it was enough to make Italians the second largest ancestry group in Boston, after the Irish… Most of Boston’s Italian immigrants were southern Italians who had little money and could not speak English. They faced many hardships in the early years, including exploitation and discrimination…”