Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Talk at New Haven Museum will focus on :The Italian-American Experience

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.
"Between 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.
"Riccio’s 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."
"The 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.
The New Haven Museum also in on Facebook at: facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum.
Editor's note: All information and the photo in this post were contributed. Click one of the buttons below to share it. Photo of Mary Ginnetti byAnthony Riccio .

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