Do Italian Towns Have Historical Societies?

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Do Italian Towns Have Historical Societies?

Postby sigatti » 11 Nov 2016, 19:13

I was wondering if Italian towns had anything like the historical and/or genealogical societies that many communities in the US have? Along this line, I suspect that there is often a person or family in a town or village that might be considered the local history expert. Does anyone know if there is a tradition of having a local historian?

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Re: Do Italian Towns Have Historical Societies?

Postby Italysearcher » 12 Nov 2016, 09:09

The Proloco may handle this in some towns. Large citites would have something but it's not usually organized the way you are used to. Every town in my area is different and I often have to dig hard to come up with someone.
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Re: Do Italian Towns Have Historical Societies?

Postby mark04ox » 20 Nov 2016, 11:00

Interest in genealogy is not very widespread in Italy (in fact, I'd say it's a peculiarly American or new world obsession). You won't find a lot of genealogical societies, except perhaps those concerned with nobility. Local history, on the other hand, does interest many people. It is good advice to contact the pro loco. You might also try historians at nearby universities.


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