Hidden History of Boston
Released June 11, 2018
Boston is one of America's most historic cities, but it has quite a bit of unseen past. Riotous mobs celebrated their hatred of the pope in an annual celebration called Pope's Night during the colonial era. A centuries-long turf war played out on the streets of quiet Chinatown, ending in the massacre of five men in a back alley in 1991. William Monroe Trotter published the Boston Guardian, an independent African American newspaper, and was a beacon of civil rights activism at the turn of the century. Author and historian Dina Vargo shines a light into the cobwebbed corners of Boston's hidden history.
Dina Vargo has been a lover of history and tricorn hats since dressing up at the age of six as Betsy Ross for our nation's bicentennial. After receiving her BA in fine arts from the University of Pittsburgh, she worked for the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and as an archivist for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Dina also holds an MPA in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh and currently works in the affordable housing field. After moving to the Boston area, she became a volunteer docent for Boston by Foot, where she developed an interest for writing off-beat walking tours, and published her first book, Wild Women of Boston: Mettle and Moxie in the Hub, also with The History Press. She currently resides in Roslindale, Massachusetts.