Symposium Friday on “Italian Americans in the Mahoning Valley”

italian exhibit photo003The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor hosts a free symposium titled “Italian Americans in the Mahoning Valley” 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, featuring alumni and faculty from Youngstown State University.

Ashley Zampogna, who earned a master’s degree in History from YSU and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will speak on the reaction of Italian Americans to the Ku Klux Klan in Niles. Ryan Antonucci, a 2012 graduate of YSU with a master’s degree in History, will examine the Italian American response to Mussolini. Martha Pallante, professor and chair of the YSU Department of History, and Donna DeBlasio, YSU professor of History and Director of the Center for Applied History, will present their research on their forthcoming article in Ohio History, “Memories of Work and Community: The Making of Italian Americans in the Mahoning Valley.”

The symposium is being held in conjunction with a temporary exhibit at the Center titled “Italian Americans of the Mahoning Valley.” The exhibit was developed by YSU senior American Studies/Italian major Paula Schaefer.

The exhibition and the symposium are funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council. The symposium is open to the public The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, also known as the Steel Museum, is located at 151 W. Wood Street in Youngstown. For more information, contact the museum at 330-941-1314.