Interview of Dina Santomaggio (née Pernini)

Title

Interview of Dina Santomaggio (née Pernini)

Subject

Oral History, Italian-American, South Florida

Description

  • Name: Dina Santomaggio
  • Place and Date of Birth: December 06, 1942 in Yonkers, NY

  • Generation: US born, Italian born parents

  • Family origin:
    • Grandparents: Senigallia (Marche), Italy
    • Parents: Brenno Pernini and Annunziata Angioletti - Senigallia (Marche), Italy - immigrated to NY (1920)

  • Spoken languages: English (native), Italian and Marcheggiano dialect proficient

  • Relocation in Florida: 08/1987

List of the Italian Expressions and Traditions Mentioned in the Interview:

pizzelle: Italian cookies that resemble waffles

Creator

Dina Santomaggio

Source

Interview

Publisher

Program of Italian of the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, Florida Atlantic University

Date

06-09-2019

Contributor

Domenica Diraviam

Rights

Program of Italian of the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, Florida Atlantic University

Format

Audio mp3

Language

en

Type

Oral History

Coverage

US-FL, 2019

Interviewer

Viviana Pezzullo, Domenica Diraviam and Federico Tiberini

Interviewee

Nicoletta Sorice (née D'Avanzo)

Location

DS's house

Transcription

See Attached File

Original Format

Audio mp3

Duration

51:13

Bit Rate/Frequency

130Kbits/s

Time Summary



00:01 - 1:20

Biographical information and memory of Getty Square in Yonkers

1:20 - 4:45

Family structure and father’s immigration to New York

4:45 - 6:30

Comparison of the ethnic identity between Dina and her brother

6:35 - 7:35

Parents’ grasp of the English language and Dina completing a college degree

7:40 - 8:45

The neighborhood and sense of extended family community

8:45 - 9:15

Language usage in the family

9:20 - 10:50

Anecdote from Dina’s mother and regret about not knowing her grandparents’ stories

10:50 - 12:30

Contrast between Senigallia and Avezzano

12:35 - 13:30

Italian songs that come to mind and the memory of wanting to see la Rotonda in Senigallia

13:45 - 14:20

Ethnic identity and favorite things associated with being Italian-American

14:25 - 18:45

Negative memories associated with relocating to Avezzano, including the move, the extended family’s behaviors, inability to secure a job, loss of self-esteem

18:45 - 20:50

Present ethnic identification of Dina and immediate family members as a result of their repatriation

20:50 - 22:15

Dates of repatriation and parents’ immigration through Ellis Island

22:20 - 24:00

Description of childhood living environment: homes and grocery store in Yonkers. Description of the activities in those spaces.

24:05 - 24:50

Favorite foods: Easter breads, fruitcake, pizzelle

25:00 - 27:50

Recollection of her first trip to Italy, meeting her husband (Angelo), returning to the United States and the newlywed experience with an immigrant husband

27:50 - 29:30

Moving out of Yonkers and into the suburbs (Somers) and precious friendship

29:40 - 30:35

Returning from Italy and relocating to Florida and future aspirations for touring Italy

30:40 - 31:40

Reflection on sacrificing having a childhood but benefitting from financial freedom

31:40

Closing

Citation

Dina Santomaggio, “Interview of Dina Santomaggio (née Pernini),” Italian-American Memories: Documentary Archive, accessed April 14, 2021, https://itamm.omeka.net/items/show/273.