Pizza And Italian Heritage Fundraiser At The Fenton Is Saturday

Fifteen local pizza restaurants are featured at the Fenton History Center’s Slice of History Pizza Challenge on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the Fenton History Center, 67 Washington St. The event will benefit the center in two ways. First is a fundraiser to benefit the education programs offered for both children and adults throughout the year at the Center. Secondly it furthers the center’s mission to collect our city’s history, specifically the Italian heritage.

The pizza vendors who will be vying for the Fenton Favorite Slice Award. Admission cost is $10 for adults and $3 for children up to age 12. Paid admission covers a piece of pizza from each vendor, a beverage and a tour of the museum.

While the pizza tasting and voting is going on, local resident and Fenton member Vince Joy will be recording stories from Jamestown’s Italian population and scanning pictures from private collections. All are invited to attend and to share their remembrances of growing up in Jamestown through the recordings and pictures. Stories and pictures about grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, businesses, clubs, school and friends are all needed. Joan Lindquist, author of the popular “Brooklyn Square The Lost Neighborhood” books has offered to raffle off each of the books to benefit the center. Tickets are $1 each.

“We have needed to gather information and images about and from the Italian families in this area for a long time. With Vince’s assistance, connections and enthusiasm I think this will be a great day to learn about the importance of the Italian influences in Jamestown,” says Joni Blackman, director of the Fenton History Center.

All pictures will be scanned and returned during the event. Volunteers are needed to assist both during the pizza tasting and the oral history. Temporary exhibits about the Italians in Jamestown and ethnic music will also be featured.

The pizza challenge is sponsored in part by Crosby’s Pizza, Bair’s Pizza, Lena’s Pizza, Buzzetto’s Pizza and Honest John’s Pizza. Visit www.fentonhistorycenter.org or call 664-6256 for more information.