Trentino’s Cultural Influence on our Heritage and Ancestry

Resources from the province of Trentino

MondoTrentino — The Provincia Autonoma di Trento (PAT) Emigration Office provides information useful in discovering your heritage and ancestral ties to the province, including copies of the formerly published TrentinoEmigrazione magazine, photos of Trentino (valleys, castles, churches, villages), many cultural links, and origins of many Trentino surnames. The Department has an excellent staff providing service to Trentini and their descendents worldwide. It publishes an 8-volume series of books entitled the Homeland Series. The books depict, in photos, drawings, works, and maps the history, culture, arts, treasures, food, and economy of Trentino. They are written in English, Italian, and several other languages. Contact the Department of Emigration for copies (free to descendents of Trentino emigrants).

Another of its efforts is a summer exchange program for youth of Trentino origins. You will stay with a Trentino family for three weeks, experiencing Trentino’s culture, education, and traditions. 80% of travel expenses are reimbursed. The following year you will host a youth from the family with which you stayed. More information is available on the Mondo Trentino site.

TrentinoCultura — this is a central site for the promotion of Trentino arts, traditions, and memories. Contains digitized music and documents, museum exhibits, dance and theatre, and thousands of photographs (villages, culture, historical, etc).

Organizations and associations

Trentini Nel Mondo — an organization that strives to maintain communication with emigrants and their descendents. It issues a monthly magazine (in Italian) covering news of Trentino and emigrants around the world.

Various Trentino clubs, known as “circoli”, have been established to provide a place to meet others of Trentino heritage in a social setting. Members of the circoli can also be a source of information. There are circoli located in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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