The Sicilian-American Family Research Foundation depends on the generosity of private donors in order to fund our projects. Each new project is funded through a crowdfunding effort. Our general operations are funded through direct donations of as little as $25 per month. Please consider giving a small gift to help bring the gift of heritage to Sicilians in America.
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Documenting the History of Valguarnera Caropepe
Valguarnera Caropepe (or "Carrapipi" in Sicilian) is a town in the Sicilian province of Enna. The town was founded in 1628 and is the home to many old, venerable buildings. It was the source of a major immigration movement into the United States, primarily to the city of Rochester, NY.
The Foundation's first Local History Project is to document the history of Valguarnera Caropepe, its culture, its traditions, its art and architecture. We also intend to interview those whose heritage is rooted in Valguarnera (Valguarnarese) in the United States along with their children. The purpose of the project is to create a historical and cultural bridge between Valguarnarese in Sicily and those in the US, as well as their American born families.
Upon completion, the story of Valguarnera will be available digitally and in print format. The Foundation will be working with the town to set up a history station with a computer which would allow the residents of the town to view the story of the place in which they and their ancestors spent their lives. They will have the opportunity to contact American residents who hail from Valguarnera Caropepe, hopefully forging new friendships and perhaps discovering relations they did not know previously.
This project goes hand-in-glove with our project to renovate old Sicilian buildings, the first of which is an old home in Valguarnera Caropepe which has housed a Valguarnarese family for many generations.
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DOCUMENTARY - The Sicilian-American Story
Immigrants often have the most interesting stories to tell. The aggregation of those stories can create a fascinating mosaic, a rich, colorful overview of a much larger tale.
The Foundation is in the process of putting together a video documentary detailing those stories, showing the world how Sicilians came to the New World, how their lives changed from one country to another, how their cultural traditions influenced their new home, how their successes created a foundation for future generations.