Giovanni Marciante (maiden name) Mortellaro (great grandmother of Vince Taglialavore)
This photograph is a digital scan of an original photograph lent for copying during the Italians of Colorado project. The original photograph is not owned by History Colorado. The digital scan was donated with permissions (see permissions in Registrar's file) and accessioned into the History Colorado collection.
In 2002, the Colorado Historical Society (now known as History Colorado) founded the Colorado Italian American Preservation Association (CIAPA). A volunteer organization, CIAPA’s mission is to work collaboratively with the Society and other organizations to develop, support and coordinate projects that preserve, promote and celebrate Italian American culture and heritage. Since 2002, CIAPA has carried out its mission by meeting with people from the Colorado Italian American community, recording their stories and creating an archive of research materials that includes oral histories, photographs, moving images, sound recordings and artifacts. To date, CIAPA has helped the Society acquire over 200 oral histories, 600 artifacts and nearly 6,000 photographs. Since 2002, CIAPA has developed over 4,000 research files, all of which document the history, culture and traditions of Italian American families in Colorado.
See MSS.02595 Vince Taglialavore files for additional information and images.
Pictured in the photo is Vince Taglialavore's great grandmother, seated in a chair wearing black dress. Note in file says “Great Grandma Moniranto Mortellaro. Taken in Cianciana Sicily, Italy. 1940s"--NOTE: the name Moniranto Mortellaro appears to be incorrect (likely the notation of a CIAPA volunteer). Looking at the name on Vince Taglialavore's family tree (attached to this record) it appears that this is actually Giovanna Marciante (maiden name) Taglialavore who married Vincenzo Taglialavore. She was born in Bivona, Italy and her husband in Ciancianza, Italy.
See the record for Mss.02595 for full project details including how the documentation project came to be and a complete photography log of all photographs scanned during the project. This record also notes artifacts, files and oral histories collected during the project. Image from Vince Taglialavore CIAPA Archive.