28 October 2005 - Thunder Bay
The Department of History is pleased to announce the publication of former MA student John Potestio's latest book, The Italians of Thunder Bay. This study is the first to chronicle and analyze the experiences and contributions of Italians immigrants in Thunder Bay from the late nineteenth century to the present.
John Potestio was born in Grimaldi, Italy in 1939 and came to Canada with his family in 1953. He received a B.A. from Western University and a M.A. in 1974 from Lakehead University. He was a high school teacher for 23 years in Welland and Thunder Bay, retiring in 1996. He has published widely on the subject of Italian history in Canada and at the Lakehead.
His publications include the following books:
- In Their Footsteps: Reflections on the Legacy of Italian Immigrants to Thunder Bay (2002)
- In Search of a Better Life: Emigration to Thunder Bay from a Small Town in Calabria (2000)
- The Italian Immigrant Experience (with A. Pucci) (1988)
- Thunder Bay's People (with A. Pucci) (1987)
- The Memoirs of Giovanni Veltri (1987)
- The History of the Italian Mutual Benefit Society, 1929-1984 (1985)
All of these works are available at the Lakehead University Library and the Thunder Bay Public Library.