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  1. 1. Ti ricordi? Immigrant railroad workers Reading, PA 1920s -a gift of Lucy Talarico
  2. 2. A Tribute to the Italian Immigrants of Berks County Presented by the Italian American Cultural Center of Pennsylvania Dr. Frank A. Franco Library Alvernia College Dedicated to Lucy Talarico Who Devoted Many Years to Collecting Photos and Articles About the Italians in Reading. Compiled From Collections of Photos and Artifacts Presented to the Center by Local Italian Families and With Permission From the Reading Eagle to Reproduce Photos and Articles
  3. 3. Montagnareale, provinca Messina, Sicily late 1920s -gift of Paul Faranda
  4. 4. Ticket to New York 1927 -gift of Paul Faranda
  5. 5. Certificate of naturalization for Marianna Taddeo -gift of Patricia Brown Clopper
  6. 6. Mr. and Mrs. Oresti Bottiglieri
  7. 7. Fabriziani Family -a gift of Gennario Fabriziani
  8. 9. Miccicke Family- 1913 Left to right: Salvatore, Geneva, Carmella Salamone Miccicke, Agata, Vincenzo Miccicke.
  9. 10. Mary Caggio and Antonio Consentino
  10. 11. Sustello family - 1912 Left – right: Mary Sustello Dietrich, Alessandra Petrucci Sustello, Michael Sustello, Pasquale Sustello, Frank Sustello, Sr. -gift of Elizabeth A. Sustello
  11. 12. Pearl Albert -gift of Mary Jo Marrella
  12. 13. Salvatore and Magdaline Strollo Tennerella Married May 16, 1920 in Holy Rosary Church by Fr. Eugene Marchetti gift of Geraldine Tennerella
  13. 14. Vito and Eleanor Vitalo married 1926 Holy Rosary Church
  14. 15. Talarico Family
  15. 16. Family of Antonio and Cecelia (Torchia) Spadafora Seated left to right Cecelia, brother James Torchia, son Pasquale, Antonio, standing left to right daughter Kathryn, sons Anthony C., Samuel, Santo, Joseph. -gift of Patsy F. Spadafora
  16. 17. Ralph Capellupo and Kathryn R.Spadafora
  17. 18. Bambino Michael Scarpignata
  18. 19. Taddeo Family Standing rear: Marianna Grimaldi Taddeo and son Lewis Front: son Carl, daughter Rose, AntonioTaddeo Antonio was from San Buono, Abruzzo and Marianna from Palmoli, Chieti, Abruzzo -gift of Patricia Brown Clopper
  19. 20. Mr. and Mrs. Giuseppi Marnelli with sons Al, Nick and Pietro
  20. 21. Joseph Perrotto and Rosaria Palmisano married November 2, 1930 Holy Rosary Church by Fr. Marchetti -submitted by Paul Faranda
  21. 22. Circa 1924 Front: Sebastiano Antonucci, Sebastiano Faranda. Back: Vincenzo Pellegrino, Francesco Lattanzio, Antonio Cottone
  22. 23. De Santis brothers Left to right: Settimo, Nazzareno, Ottavio, Raymond Settimo worked for the Union Pacific RR and later in the mushroom business. Nazzareno lived in California then returned to Temple to work in the mushroom business. Ottavio, youngest of the four, also worked in the mushroom business. Raymond was a gardener for the Jannsons of Textile Co. Wyomissing.
  23. 24. DeAngelo Family
  24. 25. Joseph and Sara Bonanno
  25. 26. Ettaro Family
  26. 27. Early photo of the chapel (Holy Rosary) on Schuylkill Avenue.
  27. 28. Schuylkill Avenue Chapel Altar circa 1950s. -from the collection of Mary A. Quartieri
  28. 29. 1940s view of Holy Rosary Church/School and convent.
  29. 30. Holy Name Society Holy Rosary School yard Gift of Mary A. Quartieri
  30. 31. Girls of Holy Rosary School- May 1920 Standing far right: Margaret (Rutulo) Tablone 1912-2003 -gift of Anthony Meridionale
  31. 32. First Holy Communion – Holy Rosary Church – June 15, 1930 Fr. Eugene Marchetti, center A gift of Mary A. Quartieri
  32. 33. 8 th grade graduates of Holy Rosary School 1938
  33. 34. Holy Rosary Junior Choir in front of altar at Franklin St. church @ 1944
  34. 35. Holy Rosary School - Seventh & Eighth Grade Classroom circa 1943
  35. 36. Greater Italian Day committee 1939
  36. 37. Angelia Scimone (later, Talarico) crowns the Blessed Mother during May Day 1945
  37. 38. Groundbreaking for new Holy Rosary Church August 21, 1950
  38. 39. Construction on the new Holy Rosary Church 3 rd & Franklin Streets. A gift of Mary A. Quartieri
  39. 40. Monsignor Miconi, left, with Dr. F. Coletti, center, and Fr. O. Taffolini on board a ship bound for Italy -gift of Mary A. Quartieri
  40. 41. Holy Rosary School 1950s Salesian Sisters, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians were the teaching order at that time. -gift of Mary A. Quartieri
  41. 42. A modern classroom at Holy Rosary School – 1950s. -gift of Mary A. Quartieri
  42. 43. Senior Choir of Holy Rosary Church Left to right: Rose Papich, Mamie De Marco, Dorothy Spina, and Marion Gabrielli finalizing plans for the family picnic at Maple Grove.
  43. 44. Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree affair Feb. 28, 1960 Seated left Right Rev. Monsignor Theodore Wagner, Mr. & Mrs. James Sparagana. Standing, Mr. & Mrs. Louis Varone.
  44. 45. Procession on Franklin Street @ 1971 Carrying Blessed Mother’s Statue at the Italian Heritage Festival
  45. 46. Fr. Francis J. Carabello -1967 Son of Frank and Frances Carabello Ordained at Messina, Sicily
  46. 47. Dancers from Reading Catholic High School (St. Peter’s) Performing for a charity event Left to right: E. Weitzel, Viola Imbruglia, Rosemarie Caruso, Mildred Kauffman, Eleanor Herbine, Anne Palumbo
  47. 48. St.Mary’s confirmation class- Hamburg, PA. Borelli children: Madeline center, Jenny right, Frank center left and J. Carl center right. -gift of J. Carl Borelli
  48. 49. St. Anthony’s Church 8 th & Columbia Ave. Temple, PA - Built by Italian families in Temple circa 1925. -gift of Rita Gaspari
  49. 50. 1929 “Feast Committee” of St. Anthony’s Church, Temple, PA
  50. 51. Left, Italia Pariseau, president of the Berks chapter of the Naitonal Society for Shut-Ins, right, Monsignor Felix A. Losito, founder of the society, present Sunshine Day award to Kathleen M. Gantert, center. - 1991
  51. 52. Chiesa Methodista Episcopale Del Salvatore Italian Methodist Episcopal Church of the Savior, 136-8 Franklin Street Circa 1920 - At that time Reverend Ralph A. Mantone was pastor and served until 1925. In 1925, Reverend Raphelle Fenili, a professor at Albright College became the rector.