Every Labor Day weekend, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Courthouse Square in Scranton for the largest ethnic festival in northeastern Pennsylvania: La Festa Italiana.
The Italians of Pennsylvania have been proudly celebrating their heritage since their arrival in this country with traditional festivals, including La Corsa dei Ceri in Jessup and Dunmore's procession in honor of St. Rocco. Using vintage and contemporary photographs, Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania shows how the Italian immigrants to this area, some of whom arrived with little more than the clothes on their back, became well-respected community leaders. Through hard work and dedication, they have made northeastern Pennsylvania into an area fiercely loyal to Italian traditions.
About the Author
Stephanie Longo, a native of northeastern Pennsylvania, has a degree in Italian and French from the University of Scranton, where she enrolled in graduate school to study history with a focus on Italian American and Italian studies. She is a member of the National Italian American Foundation, the American Italian Historical Association, and the Enrico Caruso Lodge No. 2770 of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America in Dunmore.