(The Curtain)
A Window onto Italian-American life in Michigan and Italy

Quotes For The Soul

Let my dreams be bigger than my fears.
Let my actions speak louder than my words.
I will be motivated, not manipulated.
I will make changes, not excuses.
I will work to excel, not compete.
I choose to listen to my inner voice,

not the jumbled noises of everyone else.
I dare trust. I dare dream. I dare do.

I dare BE.
So help me God.

                                            Author Unknown

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A look at Luigi Gregori

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                 June 2, 1946

Until 1946, Italy was a kingdom ruled by the House of Savoy with Turin as its capital. In 1946, Italy became a Republic after the results of a referendum. The peninsula was divided.  The North for the Republic (66.2% of the votes), the South for the Monarchy (63.8%).  Italy's capital was moved to Rome.  


Here are some pictures of Italy's last King and Queen, Umberto II and Maria Jose'

Umberto reigned for 34 days, from May 9 to June 12, 1946. (His nickname is "the May King")


Umberto was the only son of the five children of King Vittorio Emanuele III and Queen Elena.  In an effort to repair the monarchy's image after the fall of Benito Mussolini regime, Vittorio Emanuele transferred his powers to Umberto in 1944 while retaining the title of King.


As the referendum was in preparation on the abolition of the monarchy in 1946, Vittorio Emanuele abdicated his throne in favor of Umberto in the hope his exit might bolster the monarchy.  However, the referendum passed, Italy was declared a Republic, and Umberto lived out the rest of his life in exile in Cascais, on the Portuguese Riviera.

A Timeline of Italy

 800 BC - 2000 CE

I wanted to share with you this YouTube video from the September event in Adrian, Michigan. As you recall, this was a memorial service for those 100 Italians that perished in a horrible train fire on the Wabash Railroad. The footage is from RAI television and my understanding is that this was broadcasted on national Italian television throughout Italy and United States.          ~ Tony De Luca, President

The occasion of the commemoration ceremony of the Italian victims of the railway accident occurred 116 years ago near the border between Michigan and Ohio, along the Wabash Railroad.


The deaths of Adrian (Michigan, USA) of 1901 are part of our migratory history and it is important to keep their memory high, "Last year, for the first time, the victims of the railway accident occurred on November 27, 1901, near Seneca (Michigan) where one hundred poor Italian immigrants lost their lives, crowded in the so-called train cargos, looking for a better future in America. They were burned by the flames and then forgotten!

Many thanks to all those who have worked to find the forgotten remains of these brave Italians, giving us the opportunity today to commemorate them for the second time and consider them an important part of our migratory history.


We remember the past to treasure our history, make sacrifices, and preserve our values centered on the person and the defense of our dignity in every context of life. Thank you for your efforts in this Direction to the Mayor of Adrian, Jim Berryman; to the Italian Consul in Detroit, Maria Manca; to the Deputy General Secretary of the CGIE, Silvana Mangione; to the Detroit Comites and their President, Domenico Ruggirello; to the Italian-American Community of Metro Detroit; at the National Italian American Foundation; to the Dante Alighieri Society Michigan Chapter; at the Calabria Club; at the Italian American Club of Livonia and the Charitable Foundation; at the Italian American Club of West Michigan; at the Venetian Club; Armen and Wilma del Pup; Flatlander Sculpture Supply. "

P.O. Box 27456 - Lansing, Michigan 48909

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