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This section of the Celebrating Alberta's Italian Community website provides contextual information- Canadian, Albertan and local.  It includes historical, demographic, cultural, economic and social information.  It is a primary resource on an area of Alberta's history that has not been previously documented-either in the form of print-based history or on the World Wide Web.  

In Italian, la storia, is both history and story.  The website includes both and makes use of information obtained through oral histories, a primary tool when documenting community history, as well as a range of documentary sources.  It puts the Italian community on the map and documents its contribution to every aspect of Canadian and Albertan life.

Mr. Sam Scrivano's provisional passport. In this section, we read and listen to the stories that contributed to the making of Alberta. We examine the historical circumstances that led to Italian emigration, and the resultant immigration patterns that developed in Canada, more specifically in the Province of Alberta, and particularly in the cities  of Edmonton and Calgary.

We outline the political and economic factors in Italy and Canada that led to successive influxes of emigration from Italy. World events also influenced the attitude toward and treatment of ethnic immigrants and the site explores these issues and challenges.

Sam Scrivano was one of the few immigrants who came to Edmonton in the 1920s.  This shipboard scene shows the high spirits and optimism of the immigrants.

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