History, Heritage, and Tradition:A lecture and book signing by Salvatore J. LaGumina - Oyster Bay Historical Society
20 Summit Street - 516-922-5032
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Description: For Italian immigrants and their descendants, moving from "the city" out to Long Island was more than a change of address. It signaled that the family had achieved the American dream, and in turn, elements of Italian values and culture are visible all over the island. Italians helped to build Long Island, whether as laborers or as contractors, such as the Castagnas. They brought their culinary traditions and opened markets, such as the still family-owned Iavarone Brothers Foods, and restaurants, including New Hyde Park's Umberto's. Italians' industriousness helped them thrive in fields as diverse as medicine, politics, acting and winemaking and importing (including the nationally recognized Banfi label). Join author Salvatore J. LaGumina to discover the remarkable contributions and vibrant culture of Italians and Italian Americans on Long Island. Copies of Long Island Italian Americans will also be available for purchase and signing.