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Government & Education

Overview

Because it was not uncommon for nearly destitute Italian immigrants to have arrived in America with little formal schooling and even less knowledge of the English language, education, highly valued in their native land as a path to success, became a primary focus for newly settled families. Parochial schools, which offered religious instruction alongside traditional subject matter, were appealing to many Italian American parents.

Additionally, Italian Americans have played major roles in Fresno County government from early City Councilman, Pat Camaroda and former mayor, Lee Brand, to father and son team, Edward L. Fanucchi and Edward D. Fanucchi who have served sequentially as
Honorary Consuls of Italy in Fresno since the mid 1970s.




Politicians

Lee Brand


Educators

Fresno State Top Dogs

Michael Giovannetti Family

Vince Petrucci


Parochial School System & San Joaquin Memorial High School

San Joaquin Memorial High School


Italian Studies Program

Italian Studies Programs


Honorary Vice Consulate of Italy

HONORARY VICE CONSULATE OF ITALY


Oral Histories

Jim Cardella

Dominic Papagni

Michael Joseph & Silvana Gravano Giovannetti

Tony Petrosino

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