Meet author Luisa LoCascio Matarazzo, born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1937 to a Sicilian mother and father who came to the States in 1913. Her father told her many glorious stories about his hometown of Cerami, Sicily and when anyone asked if she was Italian, her father taught her to say: “No, I am Sicilian.” Luisa has taken the stories her father told her about Sicily to write her memoir. Like her father she is a born story-teller and her memoir serves as a reminder to all Sicilian and Italian Americans of the rich tapestry of their heritage in their ancestral lands. She graduated from Montclair High in 1955 and also includes many happy memories of growing up in Montclair during the 1940’s and ‘50’s. She is a poet and a painter capturing the light caressing the landscapes in her watercolors on her many trips to Italy, Sicily and France. On a recent trip to Monopoli, Italy she taught English as a second language to high school students. Book will be available for purchase this evening. Suggested donation $5. Begins at 7 pm. Members get in free! Join here. In the Founder’s Room of the Crane House & Historic YWCA at 110 Orange Road, Montclair.
The Price of Liberty Film and Discussion series continues this year with films that celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by focusing on strong Black women in politics.
Chisolm ‘72 is Film #2 in our Price of Liberty Film and Discussion Series. Moderated by Leslie Wilson, PhD.
Visit the Montclair History Center while you dine at Vanillamore this evening from 6 to 8 pm. Enjoy a slideshow of historic images while you eat and staff will be present to share about our organization preserving Montclair’s history! Obscure artifacts will be on display, correct guesses receive a complimentary membership with us!
In the event of cancellation due to weather, the website will be updated by 8am on November 3. Thank you!
By the late 1800s, a “colony” of artists had flocked to Montclair, taking advantage of the beautiful and inspiring landscape that was within an easy commute to New York. The most famous artist was George Inness, Sr., but he was soon joined by other painters like Lawrence Carmichael Earle, sculptors William Couper and Jonathan Scott Hartley, stained glass artists Emilie and Walter Greenough, and engraver Harry Fenn. More recent artists such as civil rights muralist Don Miller will also be discussed. This eight-mile bike ride takes you past many of their homes and studios. Registration required at www.montclairhistory.org, $10/person. In Partnership with Bike Walk Montclair and the Montclair Art Museum. After the tour, visit the Montclair Art Museum to see works by George Innes (admission additional, free for members). Tour is a total of 8 miles, lasting about two hours. Starting location at the Crane House & Historic YWCA, 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. Registration required here, space is limited.
Photo credit of the Montclair Public Library local history collection.