Presentation by Mary Beth Moser of her dissertation, The Everyday Spirituality of Women in the Italian Alps, to the Centro Studi per la Val di Sole, April 30, 2023.
“Ten years ago, I fulfilled an important goal – the completion of my dissertation, The Everyday Spirituality of Women in the Italian Alps, about my ancestral heritage, with a focus on women and folk wisdom. On April 30, 2023, I had the opportunity to publicly thank the very people who helped me along the way. I’m honored to have been invited by the Centro Studi per la Val di Sole
in Trentino, Italy to introduce my dissertation. It feels especially meaningful because my maternal grandmother, Edvige Albasini, emigrated from the Val di Sole in 1906 to “L’America,” never to return. It feels like a cycle completed to be recognized in this way.
A big thank you to Marcello Liboni, president of the Centro Studi per la Val di Sole, who invited me, to Anna Benedetti for your outstanding real-time translation, and to Michele Bezzi for technical support; and to Andrea Lazzaroni, the mayor of the Comune di Dimaro Folgarida, and to Armando Maistri, president of Trentini nel Mondo, for your kind words.
I know I speak for so many of us descendants when I say that Trentino is very important to us. Noi discendenti siamo grati per i nostri legami con voi.”
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Listening to Ancestral Voices: Folk Stories of Resilience and Renewal in the Italian Alps
Mary Beth Moser presents her insights on Trentino folk stories of resilience and renewal to the 2022 International Tyrolean Trentino Organization of North America (ITTONA) convention in Albany, New York. See the presentation at:
Magic and Wonder in the Land of The Pale Mountains
Mary Beth Moser shares her love of Trentino and its folk stories of magic and wonder to the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington in Seattle, WA. See the presentation at:
The Legend of the Great Polenta Feed
This current-day folk story, The Legend of the Great Polenta Feed
, was adapted by Seattle Trentino Club member Dan Zadra from a Trentino folk story featured in the Winter collection of “The Secret Heart of Trentino,” compiled by Mauro Neri for the Provincia Autonoma di Trento.