Discovery Road Show producer James Nelson with Oscar-winning producer Gerald Molen who produced "Schindler's List." Molen offered his unique insight about the Clarion Colony.

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Thank you for taking the time to contribute. Our mission is to preserve as much as we can of these Italian stories! Uncovering Italian history, ICW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID# 87-0462205).

Have any questions or want to know what else you can do to help or be a part of this project plesae Call 801-364-8259

Gena Persinger, President

Anthony LaGuardia, Treasurer

Autumn Palmer, Secretary

Trina Anderson, grant writer

Kathy Kirkpatrick, historian

James Nelson, film writer/producer

Peter Corroon

Monsignor Joseph M. Mayo

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Utah is an ever-growing hub rich with culture and diverse ethnic heritage.  Our goal is to keep you informed of events, activities, stories, and history.  We seek to find and share any and all oral history and stories of immigrants that are part of the heritage of the founding and development of Utah's cultural background.      

Christine Saffell, partner in GenTracer, specializes in Italian Genealogy, WWI across Europe, and records from Canada, Denmark, England, Scotland, Switzerland and United States.

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Ed Laguardia started the Italian Center Of The West, hosting a free lecture series on Italian culture. In early 2000 he started the first Italian street fair "Ferragosto" open to the public in downtown Salt Lake City. He would say,"you just had to have an "Italian heart " you do not have to be Italian" to attend!

Gathering many Italian historical stories. Ed started working on producing documentaries to preserve and share this almost lost Italian history. As the president of the Italian Center Of The West, Ed was currently working with the producing of the Italian POW's in Utah documentary at the time of his death, 31 December 2016.

Historian and scholar combining a background in history and genealogical research, Italian Center of the West Board member Kathy Kirkpatrick offers clients professional genealogical research services and publications. She earned her B.A. in History from Humboldt State University at Arcata, California. Ms. Kirkpatrick is a past president of the Salt Lake Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Kathy wrote Basic Genealogy (1995, 1997), The Descendants of Timothy Meeker (1987-1991, a six volume series), The Descendants of John Robert Kirkpatrick (1986), Agrigento, Palermo and Catania Provinces (Italy) - A Reference for Researchers (2003), Italian Prisoners of War in the Continental US on 31 March 1945 (A-B), (C-D), (E-I), (J-M), (N-R), (S-Z) (2003-2004), Prisoners of War in Utah During World War II (2004), Sicily, Parts 1 and 2 (2008). Her latest book is Prisoner of War Camps Across America (2012).

She also lectures at conferences on such topics as "Basic Genealogy, "Italian Research Sources", "Latin for Genealogical Research", "On-Site Research in Italy", "The Revolutionary War as Global Conflict" and "WW II Italian POWs in Utah".

Kathy's experience includes research for many clients and genealogists from beginning through advanced levels, including heirship and probate research. Her research takes her on-site in Southern Italy and Sicily, as well as close to home in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.