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    • Unit 02-Importance of Community, Church and Education

    • Religion; Community centers; Baptist churches; Religious facilities; Immigrants; Education
    • Mr Dodds talks about the church in his neighborhood as being a positive example/force on the immigrant children in the neighbohood. It was a place of socialization for recent immigrants and their families. His family was very involved with the...
    • Unit 01-Family History

    • Immigrants; Typhoid fever; Ethnic groups;
    • He was born in 1895. His family emigrated from Italy to the United States in 1902; the family decided to settle in New Rochelle, since one of his uncles had already moved to New Rochelle. He talks about his sister suffering from Typhoid and losing...
    • Unit 02-First Memories of America/New Rochelle

    • Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Ethnic neighborhoods; Family;
    • He describes the large house that his family moved into when they first arrived to the United States from Italy. He recalls seeing the Statue of Liberty, and confusing it with a gigantic statue of a saint. He recalls his mother telling him all of...
    • Unit 03-West End of New Rochelle

    • Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Ethnic neighborhoods;
    • His family lived on 2nd Street in the west end of New Rochelle. He remebers certain fixtures of the neighborhood: the Union Ave. Fire House, two or three different saloons as well as a couple of grocery stores. He claims that there was a Harlem...
    • Unit 04-Beginning of Musical Career

    • Ethnic groups; Immigrants; Segregation; Church schools; racism;
    • He talks about how his first trip to the opera was as a chaperon for his younger brother. He talks about taking music lessons (trumpet) when he was a child from a gentleman who was a professional music director; in fact, the instructor was first...
    • Unit 06-Second Marriage

    • Education; Immigrants; Ethnic groups; prejudice
    • He talks about his courting his second wife in relation to his ailing mother, with whom he lived with. He told his second wife that he could not marry her until his elderly mother passed away, since he was responsible for taking care of her. ...
    • Unit 07-Stories from Childhood

    • Ethnic groups; Prejudice; Ethnic neighborhoods; Education;
    • He tells of how, when he was a child, he brought a small garder snake to school in an envelope as a practical joke. He also explains how a certain type of cheese that he would bring to school for lunch contained tiny worms; and some of his fellow...
    • Joseph Pisani oral history interview [audio]

    • Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Ethnic neighborhoods; Education; Typhoid fever;
    • Joseph Pisani, a long time resident of New Rochelle, NY, talks about his earliest memories of his family's immigration to the United States, recalls the cultural hurdles that he and his family encountered--and eventually learned to overcome--in...
    • Valencia Unit 01 - Immigrating to the United States

    • Ethnic groups; Immigrants; Ethnic stereotypes; English language; Cultural relations; Language; Emigration & immigration; Citizenship; Catholicism;
    • He immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 1954. Prior to immigrating to the United States, he had been working in Mexico City for an insurance company. At the same time, a former mayor of New Rochelle, Mr Vergara, along with his wife,...
    • Valencia Unit 02 - Living in the United States

    • Ethnic groups; Immigrants; Ethnic stereotypes; English language; Cultural relations; Language; Emigration & immigration; Citizenship;
    • He talks about organizing Mexican Holidays/celebrations in the United States. He helped coordinate with the consellate in New YorK City and contributed to preparation of the annual parade on Fifth Ave. in Manhattan celebrating Mexican Independence...
    • Valencia Unit 03- Social Conscience within Mexican American Community

    • Ethnic groups; Immigrants; Ethnic stereotypes; English language; Cultural relations; Language; Emigration & immigration; Citizenship; Religion; Catholicism;
    • He mentions that he is a big fan of classical music, as well as Mariacchi. He notes that while living in New Rochelle, he spent much of his free time helping other immigrants deal with issues that were specific to their demographic (other recent...
    • Valencia Unit 04 - Looking Back on Becoming a Citizen of he United States

    • Ethnic groups; Immigrants; Ethnic stereotypes; English language; Cultural relations; Language; Emigration & immigration; Citizenship; Religion; Catholicism;
    • He reflects on how he ended up living in the United States. He atrributes some of his the circumstances surrounding his immigration story to living in America to good luck and happenstance, particularly meeting the Vergara Family through a mutual...
    • Antonio Valencia oral history interview [audio]

    • Ethnic groups; Immigrants; Ethnic neighborhoods; Ethnic stereotypes; English language; Cultural relations; Language; Emigration & immigration; Citizenship;
    • Antonio Valencia is considered to be the 'grandfather' of Mexican immigrants in the lower Westchester County region of New Rochelle, NY; he was the first known Mexican immigrant to settle in New Rochelle. He spent the next several decades not only...
    • Unit 01-Emigrating to U.S. from Mexico

    • Immigrants; Emigration & immigration; Language; Work ethic; Working class; Holidays; Social classes; Cultural relations; Citizenship; Ethnic neighborhoods; Education; Citizenship--United States; Convents; Nuns;
    • Marta Anaya talks about moving to U.S. from Mexico with her husband in 1981 to seek a better life. She talks about how her having friends from Mexico who lived in New Rochelle influenced her decision to move to New Rochelle. She talks about her...
    • Unit 02-Immigrant Perspective on Living in the U.S.

    • Emigration & immigration; Immigrants; Holidays; Recreation; Ethnic stereotypes; Ethnic groups; Ethnic neighborhoods; Families; Catholic Church; Alcoholism; Social life; Citizenship--United States;
    • She talks about how Mexican celebrations/holidays are still celebrated here in the United States by those who have migrated from Mexico to U.S. She talks about life in New Rochelle (social activities). Going to the park, the beach, the movies,...
    • Martha Anaya oral history interview [audio]

    • Immigrants; Emigration & immigration; Language; Working class; Social classes; Cultural relations; Citizenship; Ethnic neighborhoods; Ethnic groups; Ethnic stereotypes; Catholicism; Citizenship--United States;
    • Ms Anaya recounts her own personal immigration story, and details her ultimate path to citizenship in the Unted States. She talks candidly about the many hurdles and obstacles that face the recently immigrated individual seeking citizenship in the...
    • Unit 01-Family Origins and History

    • Emigration & immigration; Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Ethnic neighborhoods; English language; Cultural relations; Families; Shopping; Farm produce
    • Memories of New Rochelle: Most of the stores on Main Street had stoops, or front porches. She references the St. Gabriel's School and its beautiful architecture. She also references stores such as Bloomingdale's and Ferguson's. Main Street had...
    • Unit 02-Family Living and Ideals

    • Immigrants; Language; English language; Emigration & immigration; Cultural relations; Families; Ethnic neighborhoods; Ethnic groups;
    • Families were very close knit in the New Rochelle Communities. Many had a language barrier to English and children had to interpret for their parents. Some examples of food that her family ate were: macaroni, vrice beans, lentils, vegetables...
    • Unit 03-Her Family's Businesses in New Rochelle

    • Immigrants; Cultural relations; Families; Construction; Settlements; Philanthropists; Philanthropy; Labor supply;
    • The Islin family helped to contribute to the building of City Park, along with donating food/gifts to the economically underprivileged. They owned many acres of land along the east cost/long island sound from Davenport Park to Hudson Park. Her...
    • Angela LaRocca oral history interview [audio]

    • Cultural relations; Families; English language; Food; Immigrants; Emigration & immigration; Language; Working class; Laborers; Ethnic groups; Ethnic neighborhoods;
    • Ms Larocca is a long time resident of the City of New Rochelle, located in Southern Westchester County. She describes some of her earliest memories and experiences of growing up in New Rochelle, with emphasis focused on her family's Italian...

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