Pamela Dorazio Dean

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

Saving History - DiGeronimo's Pitch in to Save Italian Neighborhood Landmark

November 2017
Independence Excavating Inc. e Precision Environmental Co. sono state fondate dal patriarca della famiglia DiGeronimo. Come molti rioneresi che immigrarono a Cleveland nei primi anni del XX secolo, Sam si stabilì nel quartiere italiano di Luna...


Saving History - Learning About Italian Heritage

October 2017
Each October we celebrate Italian Heritage Month. The Italian flag is flown at Cleveland City Hall and an event is held there on the first Monday of the month in celebration. Many Italian American organizations throughout the region sponsor...


Saving History - Looking Back at Opera in Cleveland

September 2017
Opera has a significant presence in the city of Cleveland. There are a number of local opera companies that offer performances year-round such as The Cleveland Opera Company (formerly known as Opera Per Tutti), The Cleveland Opera and the recently...


Fall Italian Language Classes at WRHS Cleveland History Center

September 2017
You can learn Italian this Fall at the WRHS Cleveland History Center in classes taught by Serena Scaiola. Serena is a native speaker of Italian with many years of teaching experience at all levels. She will teach two classes, Beginner Italian I and...


Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee Announces 2017 Italian Heritage Month Honorees

September 2017
For the last 12 years, the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee, whose Honorary Co-Chairs are Mayor Frank Jackson and Councilman Matt Zone, has organized a ceremony to celebrate Italian Heritage Month at Cleveland City Hall. Part of the...


Saving History: Ria TerraNova Webb Preserves Her Family Stories

August 2017
Another personal history has found its way into the Italian American Collection. As I mentioned previously, these personal family histories, memoirs, bios, stories, remembrances – whatever you want to call them - are some of my favorite items in...


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

June 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

May 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

April 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...


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