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Sab Roncucci receiving an award for 40 years of membership in the United Nations Association from the Honourable Sheila Copps, Minister of Canadian Heritage.  Photo courtesy of 'Il Congresso'.Personal stories make history come alive. By means of photographs, oral histories, and other documents we experience life in early Alberta through the eyes of immigrant Italian pioneers.

Listen to the voices of Italian immigrants to Alberta as they tell their stories in their own words.  A number of people from Alberta's Italian community were interviewed over the past 30 years during several Oral History Projects.  Read their biographies, listen to excerpts, and read summaries - or, in some cases, full-length transcripts - of the interviews.

See photographs from personal family albums spanning the years and generations in the Photo Gallery.  They depict many facets of the Italian community in Alberta - family and working life, pioneer days, life in Italy, and events of social, political, religious and cultural significance.

Read about the people of Alberta's Italian community in the newspaper articles throughout Il Congresso.  Short biographies of many of the Italian pioneers can be read, not only in the Oral History Projects section, but also in the Italian Pioneer sections of the various regions of Alberta.


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