Thanks to the Haverstraw Library, Garnerville, New York (http://www.hkdpl.org/) for having Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta’s presentation “Italian Food, Family, and Community” on October 27.
Special guests were songstress Carol Erickson performing tunes by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra; and Mia Norrie singing Italian opera favorites.
Italian American Food, Family and Community
Between 1820 and 2004, about 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the United States. Italian women who arrived during the massive immigration period had to quickly adapt to new and unfamiliar social and economic conditions. Learn how, during that time frame, Italian women placed highest priority on family, remaining strong while adapting to new circumstances and used their home-based economic skills in order to avoid factory work.
Also discover how in the second half of the 20th century Italian American women excelled in practically all fields such as politics, television, health and more. And how today, even though many Italian Americans have inter-married within other ethnic groups, they kept a sense of their culture including Italian food, drink, art, and above all, family commitment – all of which has made its way into American culture.
To book this program for your library, senior group, rotary club, etc., contact Maryanne for pricing and availability at: MaryanneChristiano@gmail.com