Chapter #1 Chicago Meeting Report
thirty-fourth gathering of P.O.I.N.T’.s founding chapter of Pointers In
Person met on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at it’s usual hangout, Suparossa
Ristorante Italiano in Chicago’s southwest suburban Woodridge, Illinois.
attended the dinner meeting to hear a very special presentation by the
renowned local speaker Dominic Candeloro, author, lecturer and historian.
His topic, “Italians in Chicago - Immigrants, Ethnics, Sources and
Stories” was a fascinating and informative study of the Italian emigration
to Chicago from its initial trickle in the 1850's to the tidal wave from the
1890's through the 1920's. This
influx of Italians resulted in the Chicago area ranking second only to the
New York/New Jersey area in America’s Italian American population.
Dominic spoke of what the Italians brought to the New World, how they
contributed to the growth of Chicago, and the
institutions they established which remain today.
Reference was made to the twelve Italian parishes established by
Italian priests, mostly the Scalabrini Fathers of Italy; the ten distinct
“Little Italy” neighborhoods colonized by Italians from all regions of
their native homeland; and how their values, culture, traditions, customs, and
religion has influenced the Chicago area, even to the present day.
The attendees asked many questions and established a warm and cordial
relationship with the speaker. He
commented after his presentation how impressed he was with the PIP group
particularly regarding their responsiveness, attention and friendliness. Dominic just recently began to write his own family history
which traces his roots back to the Abruzzi region. Many PIPsters purchased
books which Dominic had authored or is involved with. This was only the second speaker from outside the group
engaged by Chapter #1 in it’s eight and one half year history.
formal program, the PIP Leader Anthony Lascio #1051 conducted the usual
business of making announcements and opening up the meeting to questions and
everyone that John Philip Colletta was appearing at the Newberry Library’s
annual workshop on Saturday, April 21 but was informed registration for this
event was closed and the workshop was sold out.
Next, mention was
made of the new online Ellis Island Family History Project featuring New York
passenger arrival manifest records. Although
much of the group had tried to log onto the site, only one attendee, Jerry
Farenga #1763 was able to get through due to the activity on line and that was
at five o’clock in the morning. He showed the group copies of some of the records he copied
from his successful experience.
Fortunato #3769 talked about a passport document used in Italy prior to the
1860's allowing a citizen to relocate from one “state” to another during
Italy’s pre unification period.
#2393 reminded the gathering about the Latter Day Saints’ DNA project
scheduled for June 15 in Woodridge, IL. This
Molecular Genealogy project is intended to reconstruct worldwide genealogies and
is sponsored by the researchers at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
A blood sample is required to participate.
Audrey Allen #1772
displayed the final two pedigree charts she completed featuring her genealogy
back to the 1500's. Audrey has
researched the furthest back into history of any Chapter #1 member.
Alex DeVolpi spoke
about the Italians who were considered enemy aliens during World War II
including such names as the family of baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and opera
star Ezio Pinza.
This concluded a
very interesting and enjoyable program.
The next gathering
of Chapter #1 is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 7PM once again at the
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