E. Boston students make game of 1775 Revolutionary War battle





History has paid little heed to the Battle of Chelsea Creek, a skirmish off East Boston in 1775 often overshadowed by more famous milestones of the American Revolution.

The future may change that: A group of students at the Umana Middle School Academy have helped create a video game that may soon be available for free download to mobile devices. Impatient riders stuck on the Blue Line will be able to relive the battle on an iPhone, tapping on the touch screen as Minutemen with muskets charge the HMS Diana, a British ship that ran aground at low tide....

The mobile application is the product of a unique collaboration between the school; a benevolent software entrepreneur; and the group pushing to build the Boston Museum, a proposed history museum along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. It is part of a larger effort to create a local historical society in East Boston and expose youngsters to the neighborhood’s rich history, connecting newcomers from El Salvador, Algeria, and beyond with long-time Italian residents....

The full results went on display yesterday at East Boston’s Cultural Exchange Center, where exhibits today and tomorrow range from photographs of local-born Joseph P. Kennedy, the father of the famous political clan, to student-built hulls commemorating life in Donald McKay’s shipyard on Border Street, birthplace of the once renowned clipper ships....



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