Former St. Johnsville resident, Cora Lee Palma will debut her book “Web of Italian Intrigue ~ A Legacy of St. Johnsville Immigrants” on Saturday, September 29 from 1 to 4 PM at the Community House on Washington Street. The event is hosted by the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library.
The book is the result of extensive research of the Italian immigrants who settled in the village of St. Johnsville NY in the late 1800s into early 1900s. Their stories have been compiled into an 8x10, 288 page volume in tribute to these amazing families
Seeking a better life, the strong hearted Italian immigrants somehow found a new path to the rural village in western Montgomery County, where most spent the remainder of their lives, raising families, purchasing homes and establishing businesses.
The detailed volume is a representation of the familial lives of over one hundred Italian immigrant families who journeyed to America under the vilest conditions. Included is a great deal of detailed genealogical information for each family, with Italian and local history personalizing the accomplishments of these determined immigrants, who never abandoned their dreams.
Designed as an imaginary web, linking family threads together wherever possible, sometimes into third and fourth generations, these remarkable Italian immigrants relate their personal stories through the view of author, Cora Lee Palma.
Palma is a founding member of the Reaney Writers Group,
facilitated by Ali MacDonald. Her other publications are “A Touch of Venus – Wedding Planning with the Bridal Zodiac”, “Bella Italia” and “Saint Simons Island and other Spiritual Sojourns”.
The book will be offered at a special debut and signing price of twenty five dollars and may be purchased by cash or check.
Anyone desiring further information is invited to contact library director Dawn Lamphere at 518 568-7822.