NEW HAVEN - Anthony Riccio
will present his Italian-American oral histories and photographs to the
public in “The Italian-American Experience in New Haven: A Talk by
Anthony Riccio,”from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the New Haven Museum
, according to a release.
Admission is free; donations are welcomed. Snow date for the event is Dec. 5.
Riccio "spent nine years recording and photographing elderly Italian Americans from New Haven’s old neighborhoods to produce his second book, 'The Italian American Experience in New Haven: Images and Oral Histories,'” the release said.
1880 and 1920, more than 4 million Italians immigrated to America, many
arriving in New Haven harbor. Fleeing dire poverty and social unrest,
the mostly illiterate farmers struggled to assimilate in America. In New
Haven, as elsewhere, poor living conditions and often dangerous work
environments coupled with racial prejudices and political injustices to
compound feelings of mistrust and isolation," the release said.
upcoming book captures the story of Italian-American women through
their oral history interviews and photographs. “Farms, Factories and
Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut” will be published by
State University of New York Press in April, 2014."
presentation by Riccio at the New Haven Museum coincides with the
premiere, later in the week, of Connecticut Humanities’ 'Connecticut at
Work' initiative, a year-long exploration of the relationship between
the past, present and future of work and the people of Connecticut," the release said.
The New Haven Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 pm, and Saturday, from noon to 5 pm., and is open to the public every first Sunday of the month, free of charge, the release said.
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