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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 PAGE 7 Pirandello Lyceum & Sons of Italy, Culture/Historical Commission by Dr. Dean J. Saluti and Marjorie Calm L-R: Dr. Dean SaluU, Chairman of the Sons of Italy Culture/ Historical Commission, D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, his Italian genealogy specialist Jean Scaduto Belmonte, and well-known historian and author Anthony Sammarco. Recently, Boston's prestigious' people packed the New England Italian cultural organization, Historic Genealogical Society the Pirandello Lyceum, teamed (NEHGS) on Newbury Street in up with the Sons of Italy's Cul- Boston's Back Bay. This was ture/Historical Commission for standing room only. The audi- an event called "Discover Your ence consisted of Pirandello Italian Heritage." More than 70 Lyceum members and members Pirandello Lyceum and Sons of Italy members packed the beaut/ful New England Historic Genealogical Society's meeting room on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay. Note the beautiful chandeliers. L-I~ Pirandello Lyceum Chairman of the Board Dr. Stephen Maio, President and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society D. Brenton Simons, Pirandello Lyceum Board Member Dr. Dean Saluti, and Pirandello Lyceum Vice President Attorney Frank Ciano. The Pasciuto Family at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. L-R: Frank, Mina, and Cynthia Pasciuto, and Suzanne Pasciuto Ascenzo. Note the beautiful Chinese statue behind them. of Sons of Italy Lodges from throughout the Commonwealth. The Norwood, Quincy, Burling- ton, Braintree, and the Boston Renaissance Lodges were all represented. The event began with greet- ings from D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of NEHGS, who spoke proudly of his Ital- ian roots. He is a member of Boston's Renaissance Lodge of the Sons of Italy and is respon- sible for managing one of the foremost genealogical centers in the world. The Chairman of the Board of the Pirandello Lyceum, Dr. Stephen Maio, and the Vice President, Attorney Frank Ciano, were recognized and photographed with Brenton. In the audience was famous historian and author Anthony Sammarco, who is also a mem- ber of the Renaissance Lodge. Former City Councilor and Sons of Italy member Diane Modica was recognized. The many Marjorie Cahn, Pirandello Lyceum Board member, checks in attendees at the beautiful New England Patt Centore, of the Sons Historic GenealogicalSociety of Italy Renaissance Lodge, meeting room. arrives early to enjoy the : Bay brownstone facility. The ambiance of the beautiful New NEHGS could not have picked England Historic Genealogical a better host for us; Jean is a Society on Newbury Street in professional and, best of all, she Boston's Back Bay. is "one of our own." Pirandello Lyceum "I Migiiori in After the presentation, we Mens et Gesta" award recipients enjoyed a sumptuous Italian were acknowledged as weH: Ibuffet that was p~epared by Miglioris Frank Paseiuto, Diane the Sons of Italy Culture/His- Modica, Dorothy Maio, Ricedtorical Commission. Commis- Leccese, Dr. Grillone, Dr. Saluti, ~: sioner Annette Luongo did a and Frank Ciano attended the fantastic job coordinating with event, the NEHGS and managing the The speaker was Jean menu. We had red and white Scaduto Belmonte, an Italian wine, Pinocchio's Pizza (thanks genealogy expert from NEHGS. to the Pasciuto family}, Spi- Jean's presentation was excel- nelli's antipasto salad, eggplant lent. She covered the details parmesan, cavatelli, and ziti of how to conduct ancestralwith chicken and broccoli. The research using the NEHGS Culture/Historical Commis- resources and other available sioners brought desserts-- boy, sources. She also gave exam: did they bring desserts! There ples from her family research, was rum cake, homemade piz- This was extremely interest- zclles, biscotti, cookies and, a ing, because her family lived in big favorite, Jordan almonds East Boston just like many of from the North End. It was the attendees. Jean included fun to enjoy outstanding Ital- anecdotes from her trips to Italy Jan food in a Back Bay historic to meet relatives and stand in setting. a street named after her family[ We look forward to more She did a great job of explaining Pirandello Lyceum and Sons of the research sources located on Italy Culture/Historical Corn- each floor of the NEHGS Back mission collaborative efforts.