Many Faces, One Community: Rockford, Illinois' Stories of Immigration

Title

Many Faces, One Community: Rockford, Illinois' Stories of Immigration

Description

In 2006-2009 Midway Village Museum undertook an oral history project to capture the stories of immigrants who have come to Rockford and contributed to the character of the community. First generation immigrants, as well as the children of immigrants were interviewed with grant support from the Institute of Library and Museum Services.

Date

2006-2009

Rights

Midway Village Museum

Format

pdf

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Collection Items

Judith Bailey
Judith Bailey immigrated to the United States from England in 1993.

Patricia Chavez
Patty Chavez was born in Rockford, Illinois. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico.

Pam Collings
Pam Collings was born in England and educated in West Africa. She immigrated to the United States in 1985.

Margaret Dahlgren
Margaret Dahlgren was born in Rockford. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Norway in 1907 and 1908.

Valentino DeCastris
Valentino DeCastris was born in Rockford, Illinois. His parents immigrated to the United States from Italy in the early 1910s.

Valeri DeCastris
Valeri DeCastris was born in Rockford, Illinois. Her grandparents immigrated to the United States from Italy in the early 1910s.

Maria Cavallaro
Maria Cavallaro was born in Calumet City, Illinois. Her father immigrated to the United States from Sicily in 1907. The family moved to Rockford, Illinois in 1940.

Aurelio DeLaRosa
Aurelio DeLaRosa was born in Mexico. He immigrated to the United States with his parents and siblings in the early 1970s. After living in Houston, Texas for a short time the family relocated to Rockford, Illinois.

Xuan Dinh
Xuan Dinh was born in Vietnam. He immigrated to the United States and Rockford, Illinois in 1995.

Quynh Do
Quynh Do was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States in 1991 at the age of two with her parents. They came to Rockford, Illinois within a year.

Teresita Endencia
Teresita Endencia was born in the Philippines. She immigrated to the United States in 1956, coming to Rockford, Illinois in 1990.

Gudrun Ericson
Gudrun Ericson was born and raised in Germany. She immigrated to the United States in 1949 and came to Rockford, Illinois in 1951.

Nancy Ajrylovski
Nancy Ajrlovski immigrated to the United States from Macedonia in 1971. She came to the Rockford area in 1999.

Ellie Etminan
Ellie Etminan was born in Iran. She immigrated to the United States around 1984 and moved to Rockford, Illinois in 1986.

Maria Fabiano
Maria Fabiano was born and raised in Sicily. She immigrated to the United States in 1948 and came right to Rockford, Illinois.

Gustave Gilg
Gustave Gilg was born in Haiti. He came to the United States in 1945 and to Rockford, Illinois in 1972.

John F. Ianni
John Ianni was born in Italy. He and his family immigrated to the United States in 1927. He came to Rockford, Illinois in 1928.

Maxine Jensen
Maxine Jensen was born in Beloit, Wisconsin and has lived in the Rockford, Illinois region all of her life. Her father immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1914; her mother followed several years later.

William Johnson
William Johnson was born in Sweden and immigrated to the United States and to Rockford, Illinois in 1924 with his parents and brother.

Erwin Konrad
Erwin Konrad was born in East Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1957 and came to Rockford, Illinois to live with his brother.

Chung Lee
Chung Lee was born in South Korea. She came to the United States and to Rockford, Illinois in 2000.

Deepak Medhiratta
Deepak Medhiratta was born in India. He immigrated to the United States and came to Rockford, Illinois in 1976 with his parents and sister.

Puja Medhiratta
Puja Medhiratta was born and raised in India. She immigrated to the United States in 1990 to join her new husband Deepak Medhiratta.

Alene Munyemana
Alene Munyemana was born in Rwanda. She came to the United States as a refugee in 1997 and to Rockford, Illinois in 2003.

Marjorie Peterson
Marge Peterson grew up in Rockford, Illinois. Her father immigrated to the United States in 1909 but was an illegal immigrant until 1917.

Kaare Nevdahl
Kaare Nevdahl grew up in Norway. He immigrated to Canada before coming to the United States and to Rockford, Illinois in 1948.

Sunil Puri
Sunil Puri was born in Bombay, India. He immigrated to the United States in 1979 and came to Rockford, Illinois soon after.

Gunnar Rahm
Gunnar Rahm was born in Sweden. He immigrated to the United States with his family at age 7 in 1925.

Rachel Salvagio
Rachel Salvagio was born in Rockford, Illinois. Her parents immigrated to the United States separately from Italy in the early 1910s.

Ebow Quansah
Ebow Quansah grew up in Ghana and immigrated to the United States in 1976.He has lived in Rockford, Illinois since 1999.

Linda Zuba
Linda Zuba immgrated to the United States from Bogotá, Colombia in 1963. She came to Rockford, Illinois around 1970.
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