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|DATE / TIME||EVENTS / INDUSTRY||LOCATION|
|Jul 07, 2011|
07:00PM - 08:00PM
|History Series: Vincenza Scarpacci, The Italian-American Experience|
425 7th Street Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Thursday July 7, 2011 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Author of three books that address the Italian-American culture, Ms. Scarpaci joins us this evening to share her stories and historical insight. She explains her interest: “Perhaps the fact that I was born in Brooklyn into a lively Sicilian family and enjoyed the usual flavor of a neighborhood where the butcher sliced veal into cutlets that were translucent, the shoemaker smoked Di Napoli stogies and the bakery produced braided Sicilian bread triumphant with sesame seeds explains my affinity with Italian ethnicity. Yet, fortunately, besides this Italian aura, our neighborhood included Euro-Americans from Ireland, Germany, Ukraine, African Americans, some Jewish store proprietors and the lonely Chinese laundryman, so I witnessed diversity and interaction every day…When I moved to San Francisco I discovered an Italian community dominated by northern Italians and had an opportunity to learn about them while researching and co-authoring the 100th anniversary history of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in the historic North Beach area. Now that I live in the northwest (Eugene, Oregon) I am intrigued by the phenomenon of how the descendants of Italian immigrants retain a strong identity with their heritage although they live in communities where they constitute a small portion of the population.”
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