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Italians in Detroit | Caffè & Cultura
September 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for a special Caffè & Cultura by Armando Delicato
People of Italian descent have been present in Detroit since Cadillac founded the city in 1701. By the end of 19th Century the trickle of Italian immigration had become a torrent as thousands of immigrants rushed to the growing industrial center. Settling mainly on the east side of Detroit, the community grew rapidly. Unlike many other cities, Italians in Detroit did not remain long in the “little Italy” that had developed along Gratiot Avenue but mingled with the diverse population of the city. Through hard work, strong family and community ties the Italian immigrant population have achieved their dreams of prosperity in their new country. They have met the challenges of living in a new land while nurturing the culture of their “old country”. The challenge that remains is to nurture a love of heritage among the young Italian Americans as the immigrant generation fades. This presentation will look at the strength and rich culture of the Italian American community of the Detroit area from the past, the present and the future.
Armando was born in the east side Italian neighborhood of Detroit to a family of immigrants from Cassino in the province of Frosinone, Italy, he attended parochial and public schools in the city. Graduating from the University of Detroit with a major in history, he earned a Master’s degree and Educational Specialist degree from Wayne State University. He taught in several public high schools and was an adjunct professor at Macomb and Oakland community colleges.
Combining his interest in history, Detroit and his Italian heritage, he wrote Italians in Detroit in 2005. The history of Italian immigrants and contributions in this area is fascinating. It is important that this legacy is not forgotten.
He also co-authored two other books , Detroit’s Corktown and Detroit’s Cass Corridor. He has enjoyed lecturing about Italian subjects as well as Detroit’s history.