Italians can learn more about their heritage at History Center program |

Italians can learn more about their heritage at History Center program

Tom Davidson

Pittsburghers with roots in Italy who are interested in piecing together their families’ back story can attend an upcoming workshop at the Sen. John Heinz History Center.

The center’s Italian American Program will host the workshop, featuring Rich Venezia of Rich Roots Genealogy, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 18.

Venezia will teach people how to use the History Center’s Italian American Collection to contextualize local family history in Western Pennsylvania.

History Center representatives will be joined by people from the the Archives & Records Center of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Library Pennsylvania Department, and other local genealogical and heritage organizations will be on hand to share insights and best practices.

The History Center’s Italian American Program is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Italian Americans in Western Pennsylvania. Founded in 1990, the Italian American collection is one of the largest in the country and home to artifacts, archival materials and oral histories that document the pivotal role Italian Americans have played in shaping our region.

Registration for this program is $40 per person for the public and $30 for History Center members. Register online at

Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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