Publications and Other Media

Below is a list of articles, books and other publications in the Italian Heritage Collection, Hood Local History Center, Citizens Library.  Those available in electronic format on this website are indicated.

Newspaper Articles

  • Marilyn A. Posner, “St. John: Washington’s Sister City in Italy,” Observer-Reporter, August 31, 1981.

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  • Tina Calabro, “Tylerdale garage a wealth of history,” Observer-Reporter, April 8, 2016.

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  • Rick Shrum, “Washington’s Italian Heritage will be on display at Citizens Library,”  Observer-Reporter, December 29, 2016.

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  • Tina Calabro, “Slices of Life: Collecting the stories of Washington’s first Italian families,” Observer-Reporter, September 19, 2017.

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  • Tina Calabro, “‘Garage Museum’ finds a home,” Observer-Reporter, June 6, 2018.

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  • Tina Calabro, “Lodges played large part in Italian-American history,” Observer-Reporter, September 25, 2018

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  • Bob Batz “Angelo’s Restaurant: Still saucy at age 79,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 5, 2018.

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  • Tina Calabro, “Washington Italian Festival to honor city’s historic barbers,” Observer-Reporter, September 27, 2019.

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  • Rick Shrum, “That’s Amore: South Strabane Township Native Exploring Washington’s Italian Heritage,” Observer-Reporter, August 6, 2021.

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Magazine Articles

  • Tina Calabro, “Servant ‘Up on the Hill’: My Italian American Grandmother,” Western Pennsylvania History, Winter, 2015.

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  • Melissa E. Marinaro, “Researching and Writing with the Italian American Program”
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Memoirs, Family Histories, Immigration History

  • Laura Adamsky, Salvatore Veltri and Saveria Matragrano Genealogy

  • Mary Brignano and Nicholas Ciotola, Boundless Lives: Italian Americans of Western Pennsylvania (2002), Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

  • Nicholas P. Ciotola, Italians of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania (2005), Images of America

  • Floyd Marasco, Tylerdale…as I remember it! (2010)

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  • Virginia Proia Rea, 104 Life Lessons Learned (2015)

  • Virginia Proia Rea, On the Virg: Stories of our Italian Family (2016)

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Other Publications

Program Books from Washington County Italian Heritage Festivals, 1982-1988.

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Click Here For 1983 Full PDF

Click Here For 1984 Full PDF

Click Here For 1985 Full PDF

Click Here For 1986 Full PDF

Click Here For 1987 Full PDF

Click Here For 1988 Full PDF

  • Anthony Walter Costanzo, “A Geographic Study of the Italian Community in Washington, PA: 1900 – 1970,” master’s thesis, Penn State University, 1973.

  • Sunda Cornetti, “The Assimilation of Italian Immigrant and their Children Through a Variety of Educational Experiences in a Rural Area,” doctoral dissertation, West Virginia University, 1986

Audio and Video

  • Interview with Joe Mancuso (2017), conducted by Bill Belleno, Joe Kanotz and Tom Olszewski