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Casa Italia Library Italian AMERICAN History is at Risk of being lost! Italian American history and culture is at risk of being lost. [email protected]
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The Florence Roselli Library at Casa Italia
Research Website
https://sites.google.com/site/chicagoitalianarchives/home

Library CATALOG:
librarything.com/catalog/ItalCulturalCenter The Florence Roselli Library at Casa Italia

The Library at Casa Italia has existed in one form or another since the Scalabrini Fathers opened it as their seminary library in 1935. In the mid 1970s Librarian Florenc

e Roselli built up the library collection to serve post World War II immigrants and to collect academic and popular materials on Italian American Culture. After her death, the Library went into a dormant period.
In the past few years, aided by a grant from the Anthony Fornelli Family we began to revive the Library. The volunteer efforts of Jeannette Risatti (Italian Studies MA), Judy Kemp (Anthropology PhD), Dan Niemiec, (Leader of PIP 27 of Italian American genealogists), Peggy Fox (Librarian at Fenton High School) and Dominic Candeloro, Library Curator have brought a renaissance to the library and we have made ambitious plans. Immigration to Chicago began in the 1880s and virtually ended in the 1980s. The passage of time, the dispersal of Italian neighborhoods, the demise of Italian Catholic Churches, intermarriage, and the loss of the language incurred by the stresses of World War II have squelched the transmissions of basics of the Italian American Experience to the younger generations. If major initiatives are not launched soon, the story will be lost. We aim to build the most comprehensive archive of Chicago Italian Americana…
Our goal at the Casa Italia Roselli Library is to build what we believe to be the most comprehensive archive of Chicago Italian Americana (5000 published volumes and 10,000 archival items) into the Midwest’s most comprehensive collection of scholarly and popular materials in English and Italian on the history and culture of Italian immigrants to the United States. The library supports the cultural, spiritual, educational, and social mission of Casa Italia. Our Library provides source material for the ongoing public programs of Casa Italia and acts as a resource center for teachers and other educational institutions wishing to present materials relating to Italy, Italian culture and Italian American history. The library collects materials in a variety of formats in both English and Italian.. In addition to books, the collection includes the 59 years of the Fra Noi newspaper both hardcopy and on microfilm, journals, newsletters, church histories, proceedings, magazines, DVDs, music, road maps and travel guides, large format art books, as well as volumes donated by Italian governmental entities. The library’s catalog is online at http://www.librarything.com/catalog/ItalCulturalCenter . Texts on genealogy, free Wi-Fi and a subscription to www.ancestry.com are available for research genealogists.
Our major archival focus is Italians in the Chicago area. Audio tapes and transcripts of 110 oral histories done as part of the Italians in Chicago Project and 60 videotapes and transcript done for the documentary “And They came to Chicago,” and file drawers filled with research material accumulated over 30 years by historians. Through our library and the Italian American Veterans Museum and Library (our sister institution at Casa Italia), we have a combined total of 10,000 historic photos to offer the public. We are creating a searchable digital collection of original and unique materials that can be used by scholars and genealogists to piece together the Italian American past.Part of our mission is to make available the masterpieces of Italian cinema.


With the addition of the resources listed below, we will be able to deliver easy access to our unpublished holdings both onsite and online of oral histories, parish and neighborhood material, information on towns of origins, 10,000 item photo collection, 30 year old videos of scholarly presentations, and 50 years of our monthly community newspaper (now on microfilm). Library catalog online http://www.librarything.com/catalog/ItalCulturalCenter
59 years of the files of Fra Noi
Neighborhood and Parish Sources
200 interviews on audio and video tape and searchable transcriptions
10,000 images of Italians in Chicago and IA Veterans Museum holdings
Towns of Origin sources/photos
Professional journals
Free WI-FI and digital camera use
Research travel subsidies
Expert reference consultation
“Our aim is to seek out, identify and physically and digitally preserve every scrap of evidence that pertains to the lives and times of Italian Americans in Chicago!” Dominic Candeloro, Curator
You can help us reach that goal by becoming a Friend of the Roselli Casa Italia Library. Donate/share your photos, documents, books, and memorabilia with the Casa Italia Library and support us.


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Please respond to Roselli Library, 3800 Division St., Stone Park, IL 60165 708-345-5933.

06/18/2024

Dan Niemiec will join me (DC) at Casa Italia Library SAT. June 29 10am-2pm
Family History and Italea (new Italian Roots Tourism)

FREE film screening!  RSVP required!
06/16/2024

FREE film screening! RSVP required!

Experience the liberation of Italy from a soldier’s-eye view – “Mountainmen: Gothic Line 1945”

When Italian in America were "Enemy Aliens"!Don't miss!  Wednesday, July 10, 2024  7:30 pm
06/16/2024

When Italian in America were "Enemy Aliens"!
Don't miss! Wednesday, July 10, 2024 7:30 pm

Italea is the key word for a new Italian program to promote roots tourism.  It is the most comprehensive plan that Italy...
06/16/2024

Italea is the key word for a new Italian program to promote roots tourism. It is the most comprehensive plan that Italy has ever adopted to discount and facilitate travel by people of italian origin from all over the world to journey to their ancestral towns and gather the records of their family history and participate in the paesano culture that their family left behind. The organizers have enlisted hundreds of sponsors like hotels, agrotourismos, airlines, rail services to offer discounts. And they have encouraged and offered incentives to local town governments to welcome the roots tourists with the warm hospitality that is essential to Italian culture. 2024 might be THE time for you and to make that Roots trip. Check it out. Register for the italea Card and stay Traveling to discover your own roots and family history is an extraordinary experience that becomes real and accessible with Italea, the platform dedicated to Italians abroad and Italian descendants intending to reconnect with their origins.

Traveling to discover your own roots and family history is an extraordinary experience that becomes real and accessible with Italea, the platform dedicated to Italians abroad and Italian descendants intending to reconnect with their origins.

Italea is a project dedicated both to those who already know their Italian origins and want to organize a trip to discover and rediscover the places, customs and culture of their ancestors, and to those who need to identify them, and who will be able to make use of a network of reliable genealogists.

Italea’s territorial network extends across all Italian regions to inform, welcome, and assist root travelers, providing comprehensive support throughout the journey and aiding in the organization of a tailor-made trip based on each individual’s specific needs and expectations.

The name Italea derives from “talea”, a practice by which a plant is allowed to propagate. By cutting a part of it and replanting it, it can be given new life, making new roots grow: just as happens with migrations. This program represents gratitude to the “mother plant” for its flowering in the world.

Italea is here to guide travelers in this unique experience of connection with their roots, offering support at every step of the rediscovery journey, and is accessible through the website italia.it/it/italea and italea.com.

Scopri il turismo delle radici in Italia: le mete più autentiche per vivere la cultura e le tradizioni italiane.

At Casa Italia Library, we have a large video collection, and THIS SATURDAY from 11am to 12pm, we would like you to join...
06/14/2024

At Casa Italia Library, we have a large video collection, and THIS SATURDAY from 11am to 12pm, we would like you to join us to watch three of the greatest singers of all times singing Italian songs such as E lucevan le stelle, Recondita armonia, Core 'ngrato, among many others. VENITE NUMEROSI!

IA Literati veteran and friend of the Library, Jeff Gentile, visits I AM Books in Boston to deliver his new publication....
06/13/2024

IA Literati veteran and friend of the Library, Jeff Gentile, visits I AM Books in Boston to deliver his new publication...

"A History of The Arcolian Dental Arts Society: The Italian American Dentists of Chicago".

And...he generously brought along books by many other Italian Cultural Center authors--Dominic Candeloro, Frank Di Piero and CJ Martello! Auguri Jeff! E grazie tanto! You're truly one of a kind.

A docudrama about the pivotal role the 10th Mountain Division played in Italy during World War II will be screened at 7:...
06/10/2024

A docudrama about the pivotal role the 10th Mountain Division played in Italy during World War II will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on June 20 at the Des Plaines Theatre. This is the first and perhaps the only time the film will be screened in the Chicago area. “Mountainmen: Linea Gotica 1945” shares the personal experiences of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, which fought ferociously from January to May 1945 to wrestle the Gothic line from the N***s and secure Northern Italy for the Allies. The two-hour film is in Italian with English subtitles.

To make reservations, click here.

https://desplainestheatre.com/events/free-screening-mountain-men-gothic-line-1945/

For more information, click here.

https://iavmuseum.org/relive-the-liberation-of-italy-in-wwii/

For a downloadable PDF, click here.

https://iavmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/Mountainmen-Flyer.pdf

06/09/2024

Attention college students! This week the JCCIA is opening applications for the Frank J. Vigilante, Frank Annunzio, Marie Palello, Joseph U. Bottalla, and Nick and Helena Patti Foundation Scholarships! 🎓🇮🇹

To learn more about our scholarships and how to apply visit https://www.jccia.com/scholarships

Tutti a tavola a mangiare!Il pane e la focaccia da Casa Nostra Bakery (Michele Baking Company, Mannheim Road)
06/08/2024

Tutti a tavola a mangiare!
Il pane e la focaccia da Casa Nostra Bakery (Michele Baking Company, Mannheim Road)

06/08/2024
Passa la banda!  Come check out our newest donation!  Grazie mille Martin Caliendo!
06/06/2024

Passa la banda! Come check out our newest donation!
Grazie mille Martin Caliendo!

From Our Shelves by Fra Noi correspondent, Terry Quilico.Please click to enlarge.
06/06/2024

From Our Shelves by Fra Noi correspondent, Terry Quilico.

Please click to enlarge.

La Festa della Repubblica!  Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii Chicago, June 2, 2024
06/02/2024

La Festa della Repubblica! Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii Chicago, June 2, 2024

Tutti a tavola a mangiare!  Oggi al Centro Culturale:  Tortellini alla panna!
06/01/2024

Tutti a tavola a mangiare! Oggi al Centro Culturale: Tortellini alla panna!

Your local, friendly, Italian Cultural Center and Casa Italia Library is open tomorrow, SATURDAY, June 1st!  Come meet t...
05/31/2024

Your local, friendly, Italian Cultural Center and Casa Italia Library is open tomorrow, SATURDAY, June 1st! Come meet the volunteers!

Anna, Frank, Lucio, Martin, Ross & Vincenzo

Come visit the museums! Come discover a hidden part of your family history in our archives! Come check out some books!

05/29/2024

Check out the latest from Keepin' It Real with Frankie D!

Join the IAVM for a conversation with three WWII Veterans!JUNE 9 2pmhttps://iavmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/June-9.pdf
05/28/2024

Join the IAVM for a conversation with three WWII Veterans!
JUNE 9 2pm
https://iavmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/June-9.pdf

05/20/2024

Casa Italia Library and the Italian Cultural Center will be closed Saturday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day.

Ieri abbiamo festeggiato il compleanno di Padre Augusto Feccia!  Auguri di un Buon Compleanno, Padre Feccia!Yesterday, w...
05/16/2024

Ieri abbiamo festeggiato il compleanno di Padre Augusto Feccia! Auguri di un Buon Compleanno, Padre Feccia!

Yesterday, we celebrated the 89th birthday of Padre Augusto Feccia! God bless Padre Feccia!

Padre Feccia is an ordained Catholic priest of the Scalabrinian order and co-founder of the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia Chicago.

Thank you to Josette Mentesana Weber, co-founder of the Italian Cultural Center and long-time colleague and close friend of Padre Feccia, for organizing the birthday celebration! Thanks also to Steve Fiorentino, a close personal friend of Padre Feccia and to Vito D'Ambrosio and to all who came to make this day a special one!

Check out this blog on Italian American culture:
05/14/2024

Check out this blog on Italian American culture:

Subscribe Thoughts and opinions on all things Italian John Mancini – Founder and Executive Director Cabrini: Behind the Scenes Currently, the movie Cabrini is being shown in only one theater on all of Long Island. The same scarcity is probably true in regions around the country. Cabrini is a $15 m...

This Saturday at Casa Italia!
05/14/2024

This Saturday at Casa Italia!

Tutti a tavola a mangiare!  Ogni Sabato si pranza insieme al Centro Culturale!  Join us soon!  Saturdays, 10am to 2pm.
05/11/2024

Tutti a tavola a mangiare! Ogni Sabato si pranza insieme al Centro Culturale! Join us soon! Saturdays, 10am to 2pm.

Come join us for a discussion on Nino Manfredi's "Pane e Cioccolata" at the Italian Cultural Center on Saturday, June 1s...
05/11/2024

Come join us for a discussion on Nino Manfredi's "Pane e Cioccolata" at the Italian Cultural Center on Saturday, June 1st--following a film watch party! 10am to 2pm

Torna sullo schermo, grazie al restauro promosso da Cineteca di Bologna, CSC - Cineteca Nazionale e Lucky Red, la commedia di Franco Brusati dedicata all'emi...

Come see Ralph Fasanella's "Feast of San Gennaro" on exhibit at Casa Italia.  We're open tomorrow from 10am to 2pm.
05/10/2024

Come see Ralph Fasanella's "Feast of San Gennaro" on exhibit at Casa Italia. We're open tomorrow from 10am to 2pm.

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The Florence Roselli Library at Casa Italia The Library at Casa Italia has existed in one form or another since the Scalabrini Fathers opened it as their seminary library in 1935. In the mid 1970s Librarian Florence Roselli built up the library collection to serve post World War II immigrants and to collect academic and popular materials on Italian American Culture. After her death, the Library went into a dormant period. In the past few years, aided by a grant from the Anthony Fornelli Family we began to revive the Library. The volunteer efforts of Jeannette Risatti (Italian Studies MA), Judy Kemp (Anthropology PhD), Dan Niemiec, (Leader of PIP 27 of Italian American genealogists), Peggy Fox (Librarian at Fenton High School) and Dominic Candeloro, Library Curator have brought a renaissance to the library and we have made ambitious plans. Italian AMERICAN History is at Risk of being lost! Italian American history and culture is at risk of being lost. Immigration to Chicago began in the 1880s and virtually ended in the 1980s. The passage of time, the dispersal of Italian neighborhoods, the demise of Italian Catholic Churches, intermarriage, and the loss of the language incurred by the stresses of World War II have squelched the transmissions of basics of the Italian American Experience to the younger generations. If major initiatives are not launched soon, the story will be lost. We aim to build the most comprehensive archive of Chicago Italian Americana… Our goal at the Casa Italia Roselli Library is to build what we believe to be the most comprehensive archive of Chicago Italian Americana (5000 published volumes and 10,000 archival items) into the Midwest’s most comprehensive collection of scholarly and popular materials in English and Italian on the history and culture of Italian immigrants to the United States. The library supports the cultural, spiritual, educational, and social mission of Casa Italia. Our Library provides source material for the ongoing public programs of Casa Italia and acts as a resource center for teachers and other educational institutions wishing to present materials relating to Italy, Italian culture and Italian American history. The library collects materials in a variety of formats in both English and Italian.. In addition to books, the collection includes the 59 years of the Fra Noi newspaper both hardcopy and on microfilm, journals, newsletters, church histories, proceedings, magazines, DVDs, music, road maps and travel guides, large format art books, as well as volumes donated by Italian governmental entities. The library’s catalog is online at http://www.librarything.com/catalog/ItalCulturalCenter . Texts on genealogy, free Wi-Fi and a subscription to www.ancestry.com are available for research genealogists. Our major archival focus is Italians in the Chicago area. Audio tapes and transcripts of 110 oral histories done as part of the Italians in Chicago Project and 60 videotapes and transcript done for the documentary “And They came to Chicago,” and file drawers filled with research material accumulated over 30 years by historians. Through our library and the Italian American Veterans Museum and Library (our sister institution at Casa Italia), we have a combined total of 10,000 historic photos to offer the public. We are creating a searchable digital collection of original and unique materials that can be used by scholars and genealogists to piece together the Italian American past.Part of our mission is to make available the masterpieces of Italian cinema. With the addition of the resources listed below, we will be able to deliver easy access to our unpublished holdings both onsite and online of oral histories, parish and neighborhood material, information on towns of origins, 10,000 item photo collection, 30 year old videos of scholarly presentations, and 50 years of our monthly community newspaper (now on microfilm). Library catalog online http://www.librarything.com/catalog/ItalCulturalCenter 59 years of the files of Fra Noi Neighborhood and Parish Sources 200 interviews on audio and video tape and searchable transcriptions 10,000 images of Italians in Chicago and IA Veterans Museum holdings Towns of Origin sources/photos Professional journals Free WI-FI and digital camera use Research travel subsidies Expert reference consultation “Our aim is to seek out, identify and physically and digitally preserve every scrap of evidence that pertains to the lives and times of Italian Americans in Chicago!” Dominic Candeloro, Curator You can help us reach that goal by becoming a Friend of the Roselli Casa Italia Library. Donate/share your photos, documents, books, and memorabilia with the Casa Italia Library and support us. Name_____________________________________Address ___________________________________ City _______________________________ST___Zip_________Email___________________________________ Phone______________________________________ Volunteer to be a friend of the Library ____Volunteer Time ____Contributor of memorabilia ____ Contributor of Books for the Library or Book Sales ____Library Researcher ____Help publicize the Casa Italia Library Please respond to Roselli Library, 3800 Division St., Stone Park, IL 60165 708-345-5933. [email protected]

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