Reconstructing Italians in Chicago is now a BOOK!
Edited by Dominic Candeloro and Fred Gardaphe'         Read Intro material and Table of Contents
Based on a Conference at Casa Italia May 8-10, 2008 and dedicated to the memory of Professor Rudolph Vecoli, Pioneering Scholar of Italians in Chicago and Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.
A 380 page Anthology of best writing in history, short stories, genealogy, fiction, sociology, and personal reminiscences focused on the history and culture of Italians in Chicago.
A sampler of over 30 exciting authors and perspectives on the Chicago Italian Experience.
Chicago History with an Italian Flair 
$29.99 + $2 shipping/handling 
To order by phone, call the Casa Italia Office 708 345-5933 or email  Write: Casa Italia Books, 3800 Division St., Stone 
Park, IL 60165

There is something for everybody in this eclectic volume. Every reader will find a topic or a writer that s/he wants to know more about. Publication of Reconstructing Italians in Chicago is a major step toward in making Chicago’s Italians the best documented (and best understood) in the nation. The writers represented in this Anthology include: Leonard Amari, M. Antonucci, Tony Ardizzone, Robert Benedetti, Adria Bernardi, Dominic Candeloro, Kathy Catrambone  Ellen Shubart, Paolo Ciminello, Jerry Colangelo, David Cowan /John Kuenster, Bill Dal Cerro, Lisi Cipriani, Peter D’Agostino, Fr. Gino Dalpiaz, Tina DeRosa, Annette Dixon, Chickie Farella, Anthony Fornelli, Fred Gardaphe’ Thomas Guglielmo, Billy Lombardo, Calogero Lombardo, Robert Lombardo, Ernesto R Milani, Rose Ann Rabiola Miele, Gloria Nardini, Daniel Niemiec, Gianna Panofsky/ Eugene Miller, Peter Pero, Tony Romano,  Vince Romano, Judy Santacaterina, G. Schiavo, Anthony Sorrentino, Rudolph Vecoli, & Peter Venturelli.

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Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia, the National Italian American Foundation, the Illinois Humanities Council, Leonard Amari, The Romano Group/Morgan Stanley,Queens College CUNY,  Sicilian American Cultural Association (SACA), the Italian American Executives of Transportation, Freddy's Pizza, Societa`Maria Santissima Lauretana, Order Sons of Italy in America-Grand Lodge of Illinois, Triton College, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans,  Loyola University Department of Criminal Justice, Vic Lezza Spumoni and Desserts, and Amaseno Lodge #3.


Our new anthology on Chicago Italians, "Reconstructing Italians in Chicago: Thirty Authors in Search of Roots and Branches" provides a look at Chicago history and culture with an Italian flair. The book is dedicated to pioneering ethnic historian and the founding director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, RUDOLPH VECOLI. 360 pages published by Casa Italia Chicago, 3800 Division St., Stone Park, IL 60165 708 345-5933 $30 + $2 shipping. 
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 ITALIAN AMERICANS HAVE DONE IT AGAIN--they have demonstrated their vibrancy and exuberance in recalling and honoring the impact of the ethnic community. Eschewing filiopietism, this compilation has heeded the canons of historicism of  Rudolph Vecoli--the first president of the American Italian Historical Association..”  Salvatore J. LaGumina, Ph. D. Director, Center for Italian American Studies Nassau Community College.

“With the publication of this Anthology edited by Dominic Candeloro and Fred Gardaphe’  CHICAGO'S

Among the authors in the Anthology are:

Michael Antonucci Chicago Literature/Keene State (NH)

Tony Ardizzone (Indiana U. Award winning short stories)


Dominic Candeloro, Conference Director,(Author)   Pizzone Article 

Kathy Catrambone  (Taylor St. Italians),

Bill Dal Cerro (Educator-journalist)

Fr. Gino Dalpiaz (CS), 

The final chapter of Paperfish by the late Tina De Rosa

Annette Dixon, Publisher/Editor of Village View Publications, Inc. Authored Italian American Women of Chicagoland

Chickie Farella (Performance Artist)

Don Fiore "Balbo's Flight" 

Fred L. Gardaphe' 

(Distinguished Prof. Italian American Studies Queens College)

Peter Venturelli (Valparaiso U sociologist).

Rose Ann Rabiola Miele Bridgeport Study (publicist/broadcaster)

Judy Santacaterina (NIU Dept. of Communication)



The Romano Group/Morgan Stanley

Sicilian American Cultural Assn. --SACA     Grand Lodge of IllinoisI



Billy Lombardo  ( novelist, The Logic of the Rose)

Calogero Lombardo (Sicilian American novelist)

Robert Lombardo (Loyola University, Criminal Justice) White Hand Society Chicago 1910

Ernesto Milani (Cuggiono, Italy-Biographer of Rosa Cassettari

Gary Mormino (U of South Florida)

Gloria  Nardini (UIC author on IA Women's Club)

Dan Niemiec (Fra Noi genealogy columnist)

Peter Pero (Italians in the Labor Movement) 

Michael Polelle (John Marshall Law School, Former Pres. SACA)

Tony Romano (Novelist When the World Was Young) "When the Rain Comes" read text.

Vince Romano (Taylor Street Archives/ Morgan Stanley)

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