Introducing Somerville, MA: A Brief History

Cover of book "Introducing Somerville: a Brief History"

Enter Somerville, a city packed with stories larger than itself, to salute a heritage that justifies the fierce pride of its citizens. Share a perch on one of Somerville's celebrated hills with Dee Morris and Dora St. Martin and watch the raising of America's first flag and the stringing of its first telephone line. Strolling from neighborhood to neighborhood, this brief history knocks on the doors of everyone from the father of Fenway Park to Missy LeHand, Franklin D. Roosevelt's private secretary and steadfast companion. Even the notoriously elusive Captain Kidd is caught for inspection as he tries to slip through a trapdoor in a bedroom closet. Come to the Central Library (79 Highland Avenue) on Saturday, August 9th at 2:00 p.m. to enjoy a reading from this fascinating new book and meet the authors to chat about Somerville and have your book signed. This event is free and all are welcome!

Fun fact: Dora St. Martin was, for many years, a librarian right here at the Somerville Public Library (my boss, actually!) She and co-author Dee Morris are long-time collaborators who have hosted a number of Somerville-themed walking tours and programs. We’re excited to welcome them back!

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