The Hoboken Historical Museum is announcing a textbook release event for “And Then I Started Reading Books: Memories of Maria Peggy Diaz” on Sunday, April 24 at 4 p.m. at 1301 Hudson Street. This is the 36th collection of their Hoboken Oral History Project. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Everyone who attends will receive a copy of the chapbook.
Maria Peggy Diaz grew up in Hoboken and describes how reading books when she was young opened her mind and helped her imagine worlds of possibilities for her life. After being trained in firefighting in the navy, it became a career goal. In 2002, she overcame hardships and obstacles to become the first Latina firefighter in Hoboken. She was promoted to Captain in 2011. We are thrilled to document and share her inspiring story.
The Hoboken Oral History Project is a project of the Hoboken Historical Museum and the Hoboken Public Library, and was supported by a Special Projects Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Department of State.