Pamela Dorazio Dean

Pamela Dorazio Dean, Associate Curator for Italian American History, Western Reserve Historical Society

Saving History: Fashion that Wows on Display at Cleveland History Center

July 2017
An exhibit highlighting the renowned costume and textile collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society is currently on display in the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing of the Cleveland History Center in University Circle. “Wow Factor: 150...


Saving History: Dr. Franca Barricelli Visits Cleveland

July 2017
Dr. Franca Barricelli did not grow up in Cleveland, but feels a sense of home whenever she visits. The feeling comes from her familial ties to the area. Her grandfather, Dr. Giovanni Barricelli, was a prominent physician and Italian community...


Saving History - WRHS Celebrates 150 Years of Sharing Our Stories

July 2017
If you read this column regularly, you know that I usually write about the WRHS Italian American Collection. I share stories about building the collection, items within the collection and the programs, events and exhibits undertaken to bring the...


Saving History - Intern Lindsey Fischer Shares Her Story

July 2017
About five years ago, Lindsey Fischer interned with the Italian American Collection as part of class requirements for her senior year at Solon High School. Lindsey was looking for an interesting project and was drawn to the collection due to her...


Nominate an Honoree for Cleveland Italian Heritage Month

July 2017
The city of Cleveland kicks off Italian American Heritage Month with a celebration at City Hall on the first Monday in October. This year, the event will be on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Councilman Matt Zone...


Italian Classes at the WRHS Cleveland History Center

July 2017
Instructor Serena Scaiola will teach Beginning Italian and Intermediate Italian this spring at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle. Both are 8-week courses and are designed for individuals with little to no previous knowledge of...


Saving History: The Fragapane Family Immigration Album

July 2017
Immigration is the first chapter in the history of Italians in America. Immigration stories answer important questions like why did a person or family leave Italy, how did they travel and where did they settle when they arrived in the U.S. They are...


Saving history: Literature in the Italian American Collection

July 2017
Of interest to the majority of patrons who access the WRHS Italian American Collection are original photographs and documents. Both relate, a lot, to the Italian American community and, because they are original, make a good connection to the past....


Let's Talk About "Lit"

July 2017
For about five years, Connie Sancetta, Italian American Cultural Foundation president and WRHS Council on Italian American History chairperson, has been hosting a small group of people who meet to discuss Italian and Italian American literature....


Saving history: Where's the Chef?

July 2017
One of my duties as Curator for Italian American History is to assist researchers with inquiries into Italian American history, be it for genealogy, school projects, articles, books, or general interest. I often direct researchers to the resources...


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