Reception 5:30 p.m.

BBSU Choir Rehearsal 6:00 p.m.

Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Meeting after Dinner

Meeting will be held at the Sheraton in Needham

Our Guests

Mr. Stephen PuleoAuthor
Rev. Gary LudwigPastor
First Baptist Church, Hinghan
Rev. Dr. Harold GomesPastor
Community Baptist Church, Marion
Mr. David CollinsDirector
Boston Baptist Social Union
Mr. Robert JopeDirector
Boston Baptist Social Union


Meeting Agenda

Song“O For a Thousand Tongues”
InvocationRev. Gary Ludwig
Committee on Christian Work Moment 
Business MeetingMr. Richard Wolf, President BBSU 
ProgramMr. Stephen Puleo
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
BenedictionRev. Dr. Robert Gomes

November Meeting

November 7, 2016

Program Tonight is Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Author Stephen Puleo speaks about this tragic event in Boston':s history that was the subject of one of his earliest books.

About the Speaker

Stephen Puleo is an author, historian, teacher, public speaker, and communitcations professional. His six narrative non-fiction works inclued:

  • American Treasures:The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address (2016)
  • The Caning:The Assault That Drove America to Civil War (2012)
  • A City So Grand:The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900 (2010)
  • The Boston Italians:A Stroy of Pride, Perseverance, and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day (2007)
  • Due to Enemy Action:The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56 (2005)
  • Dark Tide:The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 (2003)

An experienced, dynamic, and in-demand speaker and presenter, he has made more than 450 public appearances before thousands of readers, since the release of his first book, The Dark Tide, in 2003. Events have included bookstore signings, keynote addresses, presentations at libraries, historical societies, community events, seminars, panel discussions, industry events, professional associations, book clubs (where more than 50 have chosen his books), newspaper and magazine interviews, radio and television appearances, and appearances at universities, public and private K-12 grade schools. His books have been woven into the curricula of numerous high schools and colleges. More than twenty communities have selected his books as “community-wide reads.” Steve also conducts book-club tours of Boston's North End, one of the nation's most colorful and historic neighborhoods.

His showcase appearances include serving as the keynote speaker at the Northeast Regional Association fo the Social Studies (more than 600 history teachers); as a guest speaker for the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Massachusetts Superior Court; and a panel participant with Italian-American and Jewish-American scholars entitled Italy and the Holocaust:The Calabria Connection, presented at UMass-Boston.

A former award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor of feature stories and book reviews to publications that include American History magazine and The Boston Globe newspaper, Puleo has taught history at Suffolk University in Boston, and also has developed and taught numerous writing workshops for high school and college students, as well as for adults who aspire to be writers. He holds a master's degree in history from UMass-Boston (1994), where he received the Dean's Award for Academic Achievement and was the Graduate Convocation keynote speaker. His master's thesis is entitled From Italy to Boston's North End: Italian Immigration and Settlement, 1890-1910. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from UMass-Boston.

Steve is the past recipient of the pestigious i miglori award, presented by the Pirandello Lyceum to Italian-Americans who have excelled in their fields of endeavor and made important contributions to society. Steve and his wife, Kate, who live south of Boston, donate a portion of his book proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).