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    • 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...
    • George Astrove oral history interview [audio]

    • Emigration & immigration; Family; Ethnic groups; Judaism; World War, 1939-1945--United States--Social aspects; Business enterprises; Business districts; Education; Educational facilities; Military camps; Kidnappings; Homicides;
    • George Astrove, the son of Russian immigrant parents and a long time resident of the City of New Rochelle, talks about growing up in what he describes as an ideal suburban community that embraces diversity of religion and race. Although he was...
    • Harry Lott oral history interview [audio]

    • Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Emigration & immigration; Families; Religious fundamentalism; Depressions; Social classes; Language; Work ethic; Education; Universities and colleges; Cultural relations;
    • Mr Harry Lott, a long time resident of the City of New Rochelle (located within Southern Westchester County in New York State), talks about the uniqueness of the experience of being raised within a 'typical' American suburb by immigrant parents who...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Minnie Leaf oral history interview [audio]

    • Emigration & immigration; Ethnic groups; Family; Education; Business districts; Business enterprises; Recreation; Shopping; Commerce; Suburban life; War; Judaism;
    • Minnie Leaf, a life-long New Rochelle resident, tells of her parents' immigration to the United States from Russia. In addition to detailing her father's success in opening and maintaining a small business on Main Street in downtown New Rochelle,...
    • Murray Mendelsohn oral history interview [audio]

    • Emigration & immigration; Ethnic groups; Immigrants; Religion; Religious education; Judaism; Depressions; Education; Educational facilities; Military organizations, War, War casualties; Business enterprises; Business districts; City planning;...
    • Murray Mendelsohn, a long time resident and local business owner in New Rochelle, talks in great detail about his memories of growing up in the City of New Rochelle, his enlistment into the Armed Forces during WWII, his recollection of military...
    • Pauline Billups Flippin oral history interview [audio]

    • Discrimination; Race discrimination; ethnic groups; race relations; Busing (School integration); education; Racism; Civil rights; Civil rights demonstrations; Social civic facilities; Civil service reform;
    • Ms. Billups Flippin, a long time resident of the City of New Rochelle (located in southern Westchester within New York State), talks about her experiences growing up as a young African American woman during a time period when racial segregation was...
    • 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 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 01-Family History

    • Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Emigration & immigration; Religious education; Religious fundamentalism; Orthodox churches; Military regimes; Military personnel; Social classes; Families; Cultural relations;
    • Harry Lott is a well known attorney who practices in New Rochelle. His father was born in Latvia and immigrated to the United States. While in Latvia, he served in the Russian Army. He eventually traveled to Germany, where he met his wife, and...
    • Unit 01-Family Origin and Downtown New Rochelle in Early 20th Century

    • Emigration & immigration; Ethnic groups; Business districts; Business enterprises; Recreation; Beaches; Shopping; Commerce;
    • Her father emigrated from Russia and settled in NYC. Her parents moved to New Rochelle in 1907 and opened a custom tailor shop in New Rochelle. Mechanic Street was a bustling marketplace and most stores were open until 11:00 p.m. at night. She...
    • 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 01-George Astrove's Family History

    • Emigration & immigration; English language; World War, 1914-1918--Veterans; Textile industry; Business & finance; Family; Ethnic groups; Judaism;
    • He was born in Manhattan and lived in the Bronx, NY until he was five. His family moved to New Rochelle in 1935. He grew up in the Glenwood Lake area of New Rochelle (the Webster School neighborhood). He describes his neighborhood as "the...
    • Unit 01-Growing Up in a Segregated Society

    • Discrimination; Race discrimination; ethnic groups; race relations; Busing (School integration); education; Racism; Civil rights; Civil rights demonstrations; Civil service reform; Social civic facilities;
    • She is a native New Rochellean. She believes that her neighborhood was an ideal neighborhood while growing up, typical of suburban America filled w/ opportunity. It was primarily an all white neighborhood with some racial mix. The schools had...
    • Unit 01-Growing Up in New Rochelle

    • Ethnic groups; Business enterprises; Education; Family;
    • He was born in Manhattan in 1924. His parents moved to New Rochelle shortly after in 1924, primarily related to his father opening a business in New Rochelle. His father purchased a luggage store on Huguenot Street and his family lived above the...
    • Unit 02-Family Connections

    • Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Emigration & immigration; Cultural Relations; Religious education; Families; Language; Work ethic; Real estate business; Depressions; Automobile repair;
    • On his childhood: he remembers that the Iselin Family owned several acres of farmland along the Hudson Park/Davenport Neck area. His family lived on Alpha Place,a street very close to the Hudson Park area. His father owned a grocery store; he...
    • 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 02-Family Story of Emigration to U.S.

    • Family; Emigration & immigration; Ethnic groups; Business enterprises; Business district; Military organizations; Automobile driving; Physical conditions; Diseases;
    • He remembers that some of his graduating high school classmates of 1941 enlisted in the Armed Forces immediately following their graduation. City Hall was also located on Main Street, along with many bustling market stores on Main Street and...

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