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Saving History: The Fragapane Family Immigration Album

March 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...
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Legendary Rocker Sonny Geraci Remembered

March 2017 |
Sonny Geraci, best known as the lead singer for the legendary rock group The Outsiders died last month at the age of 69. Emmett Peter “Sonny” Geraci was a street kid growing up in Cleveland to the music of Motown and the British...
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We Italians Remember

March 2017 |
With so much political talk about immigration issues, Cleveland Heights historian Dennis R. Sutcliffe reminded me of the early trials and tribulations of Italians. There were a handful of names (135) in the Cleveland city directories of 1870. More...
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"Sigaro - Per Favore!" (Cigar - Yes!)

February 2017 |
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Mayfield Smoke Shop at 12307 Mayfield Rd. in Cleveland’s historic Little Italy. Owner and Founder Nicole Laurienzo was born within walking distance on Murray Hill. Her full-time love affair with...

Saving history: Literature in the Italian American Collection

February 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....
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The Old Man

February 2017 |
Vince Guerrieri is a journalist and author in Cleveland. He's “left Youngstown, but has never really escaped it.” He’s written at length about Youngstown for Belt, POLITICO, and Ohio Magazine. Vince Guerrieri è un...

Let's Talk About "Lit"

February 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....
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D'Agostino & Little Italy's Roman Gardens

February 2017 |
In more recent times, it’s the Trattoria Roman Gardens at 12207 Mayfield Rd. in Little Italy. But, during yesteryears, it was simply Roman Gardens and the food and fame were co-owned and served by the D’Agostino family: Domenic and his...

This White House and The Quagliata's

January 2017 |
The Quagliata family is acclaimed as owners and operators of some of the area’s finest restaurants. The continental awards-winning Giovanni’s Ristorante in Beachwood, Alfredo’s at Holiday Inn Mayfield, Crostatas in Highland...
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