Pamela Dorazio Dean

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

2021 Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month Honorees

October 2021
The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee along with Honorary Co-Chairs Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Councilmen Blain A. Griffin and Michael D. Polensek are proud to present the 2021 Honorees for Italian American Heritage Month in Cleveland,...


Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month Honorees to be Recognized at Private Ceremony Next Month

September 2021
The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee in partnership with the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office and Cleveland City Council is proud to announce the following honorees for 2021 Italian American Heritage Month in Cleveland, Ohio. Due to...


2020 Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month Honorees

October 2020
The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee along with Honorary Co-Chairs Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Councilman Matt Zone are pleased to present the 2020 Honorees for Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month.  The City of Cleveland has...


Maxim’s Food and Pizza Celebrates 70 Years

January 2020
Quest’anno Maxim’s Food and Pizza ha celebrato  70 anni di attività. Manny Berardinelli e suo fratello Joey lo aprirono nel 1949 all’angolo tra E. 185 St. e Cornwall Rd, all’epoca una zona vivace,  ricca di negozi, traffico e persone. Nel...


Nominate an Honoree for 2019 Italian Heritage Month

June 2019
The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee organizes the Opening Ceremony for Italian Heritage Month in Cleveland each year. It is chaired by Pamela Dorazio Dean with Honorary Co-Chairs Mayor Frank Jackson and Councilman Matt Zone. The...


Saving History: The Fragapane “CappyFest” Tradition

June 2019
In June we celebrate Father’s Day here in the US. It is a day on which we honor and show appreciation for our fathers, whether they are with us in person or only in our memories. For Joe Fragapane and his family, they remember, honor and celebrate...


Successful Benefit for Helping Hands Ministry at Club Molisani Charities

May 2019
On March 23, over 150 people gathered at the Club Molisani Charities hall in Wickliffe, OH to play bocce, bid on prizes and participate in a $5 side board to raise money to benefit Helping Hands Ministry of St. Paschal Baylon Church in Highland...


Saving History: An Old Tradition New to Me

May 2019
An Italian tradition in which I never had the opportunity to participate is the St. Joseph’s Table. I had read about it and heard about it from other Italian Americans, but it was not something my family celebrated. After finally attending last...


Remembering Alfonso D'Emilia

February 2019
The Italian American community of Cleveland lost a leader, an intellectual, a gentleman, and a friend this past October 2018. Alfonso D’Emilia was 90-years-old when he passed away after a short illness. He was the beloved husband for 63 years of...


Saving History - Rosemary Rosaria Del Balso Colarochio’s First Communion Veil

December 2018
Among the most important rites celebrated by Catholics is the First Communion. This is when a child usually around the age of 7 or 8 accepts the body and blood of Christ symbolized in the Eucharist for the first time. Special attire is required for...


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