Pamela Dorazio Dean

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

Joseph Mandato, a "Doughboy" from Collinwood

November 2018
A photograph of Joseph (Giuseppe) Mandato in his WWI Army uniform hangs prominently on the second floor of the Highland Heights home of his daughter Victoria Mandato Thomas. It is placed so that Victoria can see her father every night before going...


2018 Cleveland Italian Heritage Month Honorees

October 2018
In celebration of Italian Heritage Month in the city of Cleveland, the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee is proud to honor the following outstanding Italian Americans for their contributions and service to our community. Tom Cirincione...


Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee Announces 2018 Italian Heritage Month Honorees

September 2018
The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee in partnership with the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office and Cleveland City Council will host a ceremony in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at 6 p.m. to celebrate Italian...


Saving History: Italian Wine Traditions Event at Cleveland History Center

June 2018
The afternoon of Saturday June 16th promises to be a very enjoyable one at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle – especially if you are into wines and winemaking!  From 1:00-4:00p.m. the CHC will host History on Tap:...


Saving History: WWI Exhibit Features Italians

May 2018
Visitors to the Cleveland History Center in University Circle can learn about Cleveland during WWI in the Center’s central exhibition Cleveland Starts Here®. During this centennial year of the War’s end, the CHC offers visitors the opportunity to...


Nominations Being Accepted for Cleveland Italian Heritage Month

May 2018
The city of Cleveland annually 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, October 1, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Mayor Frank G. Jackson...


Saving History: Salvatore Artino's WWI Souvenir

April 2018
Un fazzoletto che commemora la vittoria dell’Italia nella Iª guerra mondiale è stato donato agli archivi della collezione italo americana del WRHS. L’oggetto è decorato con una mappa dell’Italia che include le nuove regioni che la nazione avrebbe...


Saving History - Honoring Mary Zone for Women's History Month

March 2018
March is Women’s History Month, making it an appropriate time to remember local Italian American women who have made their marks on our community of Greater Cleveland. Mary Zone (1919-2005) was the first Italian American woman to serve on...


Geraldine Ferraro - Honoree for 2018 Women's History Month

March 2018
March is Women’s History Month. It is a time to reflect on and highlight the women, both past and present, who make or have made our world a better place. The organization that leads the commemorations for the month is the National Women’s History...


Saving History - Cleveland Starts Here® at the WRHS Cleveland History Center

January 2018
In celebration of its 150th anniversary in 2017, the Western Reserve Historical Society gave a gift to the community in the form of an exhibit called Cleveland Starts Here®. Sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation Cleveland...


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