PORTSMOUTH — A new association dedicated to promoting Italian-American heritage is hoping for a strong turnout at an open house Sunday, aimed at introducing the group to the public.
The Italian-American Heritage Association of Greater Portsmouth will meet in the Levenson Room of the city library from 2 to 4 p.m. April 7. Membership is not limited to those with Italian roots, and organizers hope anyone with an interest in learning more about Italian-American heritage and culture in Portsmouth and the greater Seacoast will join them.
The initiative grew out of the work of Valerie Capodelupo Koloshey of Rye, Delmira Pirini Morse of Portsmouth, and others who were interested in studying, collecting, documenting and sharing information about Portsmouth's old North End. The neighborhood was a cultural melting pot and included the families of many Italian immigrants before it was destroyed during the process of urban renewal.
The open house will provide an opportunity to meet with Koloshey, the group's president, Morse, its vice president, and other founding members, including Paul Russo, Kristine Cuzzi and Joseph T. Freda.
In addition, library staff will have computers set up to show photos of properties taken by urban renewal in the North End by street address, as well as pertinent information about the seizure of the properties.
Members said the open house is the first of what they hope will be many events organized by a group looking to maintain a presence on the Seacoast.
by Joey Cresta / Seacoastonline