Third Thursday Presentation: Anthony Riccio

(Hartford) Anthony Riccio has collected stories and photographs of Connecticut’s first and second generation Italian immigrants for nearly a decade. On Thursday March 17th 2016 , he led a discussion about his book titled “Farms, Factories and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut”, at the Connecticut State Library. His book captures the words and images of early women immigrants who lived during the turn-of-the-century, working in sweat shops, farms, and markets throughout Connecticut. Ricco’s talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday Brown bag Lunchtime Speaker series. This series features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public and attendees should feel free to bring their lunch.

About the Presenter: Anthony Riccio grew up in an old ethnic neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut, where the constant hum of the local American Steel and Wire mill could be heard in the well-tended backyards of Italian immigrants. He returned to the ancestral villages of his grandparents while pursuing an M.A. from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy and photographed daily life in the rural villages of the south. Anthony later became the director of the North End Senior Citizen Center in Boston, where he conducted oral-history interviews and photographed elderly Italian Americans of the North End neighborhood, and wrote his first publication: “Boston’s North End: Images and Recollections of an Italian-American Neighborhood”.

About the Connecticut Heritage Foundation: The Connecticut Heritage Foundation was established to support the programs and purposes of the Connecticut State Library and Museum of Connecticut History. 

April 19,2016