Oral history interview with Edward Matioska and Alexandra Moriarty
Oral history interview with Edward Matioska and Alexandra Moriarty, conducted by Jim Witkin. Matioska and Moriarty, who both belong to the Lithuanian Citizens Association, describe the process of Lithuanian migration into South Boston. They list a large number of Lithuanian cultural associations and describe the South Boston community’s attempts to preserve Lithuanian language, history, and culture. Matioska and Moriarty share their negative feelings towards school desegregation and describe their perceptions of social and cultural changes in South Boston. Moriarty explains that when she moved to the suburbs along with many other Lithuanians, she felt a nostalgia for the Lithuanian “ghetto” in South Boston. Topics also mentioned include, Communism, Russia, Germany, Winchester, Lawrence, Cambridge, Plymouth in Pennsylvania, Dorchester, Dover Street, the Arthur D. Little Laboratory, South Boston Savings Bank, the Domino Sugar Factory, Northeastern University, Boston University, Harvard University, Yale University, Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, Boston American Lithuanian Council, Lithuanian Veterans Organization, Knights of Lithuania, Lithuanian Boy Scouts, Lithuanian Girl Scouts, Lithuanian Sea Explorers, Lithuanian Student Association, Lithuanian Folk Dance Group, American Lithuanian Catholic Federation, Boston Lithuanian Drama Club, Boston Lithuanian Catholic Youth Organization, Lithuanian American Association, Lithuanian Alliance of America, Baltic American Society, Liberty Bell Radio, New England Lithuanian Radio, United Lithuania Youth Fund of America, Boston Sport Club, Lithuanian Encyclopedia, South Boston High School, Boston College High School, Cardinal Cushing High School, Boston Latin School, Girl’s High School, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Transcript is marked with pen and parts of transcript may be missing.