Salt Lake City

City to Celebrate Italian-American Heritage Month


September 30, 2013
Contact: Art Raymond

 City to Celebrate Italian-American Heritage Month
SALT LAKE CITY – October is Italian-American Heritage Month in the State of Utah and the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the Salt Lake City Public Library, is pleased to celebrate and showcase 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture in the Capital City.
At 7 p.m. each Tuesday evening in October, the public is invited to visit the City Library Main Library to learn more about Italy and Italian heritage, and explore what it means to be an Italian-American.  All events will be held in the Level 4 Conference Room. Also, a display on Level 1 will feature the work of Italian artist Meo Carbone throughout the month.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m .• Main Library, Level 4

Author and journalist John Keahey will discuss his books on Italy, Seeking Sicily, A Sweet and Glorious Land, and Venice Against the Sea. After a brief reading from his works, Keahey will talk about spending time in Italy to research his work.

YOU, ME, AND ITALY: Discovering and Preserving Your Family Tree
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. • Main Library, Level 4

Learn to understand your family tree, especially as you search generations back to Italy. Ruth Lapioli-Merriman and Paola Manfredi from FamilySearch will help you access more information about your heritage

DREAM OF ITALY Film Screening
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. • Main Library, Level 4

Filmmaker Steve McCurdy will discuss his film Dream of Italy and shows portions of his documentary.

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. • Main Library, Level 4

Learn more about the masters from Paula Fowler of the Utah Opera.

EXPERIENCING ITALY through Language and Leisure Travel
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. • Main Library, Level 4

Giuliana Marple, Italian Instructor at the University of Utah and ceramic artist, will illuminate the Italian culture by sharing parts of the beautiful language.

Italian-Americans have made significant historic and cultural contributions to the enrichment of America, but more importantly to the benefit and prosperity of the people of Utah and those living in Salt Lake City. The fabric of Italian culture in our contemporary community is woven together with a thread of traditions and ties that bind  family, friends, food, faith, civic events, education, business, the humanities, government and community relations. The Italian people play an integral role in the diverse cultural community Salt Lake City embraces and celebrates.