Abigail M. Finan '19, Gettysburg College

Document Type

Oral History

Date of Creation

Fall 2015


Italian Studies


This research essay captures the reality of what it means to assimilate into American culture as an Italian and how the dynamic of identifying with a certain heritage has changed throughout the years. For my project I interviewed Kathleen Iannello, the granddaughter of two Italian American immigrants. By talking with Kathleen I was able to a gain a sense of the hardships and sacrifices her family made and connect them to the information I had learned in class.


This oral history was conducted for Professor Alan Perry's first year seminar, FYS 154-2: Italian American Immigrants: Faith, Food, Family and the Moon, Fall 2015.