Franco-American Collection

Book Reading and Discussion - Joseph Conforti, "Another City Upon a Hill"

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

This gripping memoir is both a personal story and a portrait of a distinctive New England place—Fall River, Massachusetts, once the cotton cloth capital of America. Growing up, Joseph Conforti’s world was defined by rolling hills, granite mills, and forests of triple-deckers. Conforti, whose mother was Portuguese and whose father was Italian, recounts how he negotiated those identities in a city where ethnic heritage mattered. Paralleling his own account, Conforti shares the story of his family, three generations of Portuguese and Italians who made their way in this once-mighty textile city, which was also home to many Franco-Americans.

Joseph Conforti is Professor Emeritus of New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine.

More information on Another City Upon a Hill

Location: 
USM LAC Room 170
Contact Name: 
James Myall
Contact Phone: 
207-753-6545
Contact Email: 
jmyall@usm.maine.edu

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The Collection will be open the first three weeks of July on Tues., Wed., and Thurs. from 10 until 4.  It will be closed for vacation the last week of July.  The Collection will re-open on August 1 with its regular Mon.-Thurs. schedule.

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