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Focus on History: Pisciotta and its 15 seconds of celebrity in Amsterdam

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Many Italian-Americans who settled in Amsterdam’s West End came from the small, southern Italian hilltop community of Pisciotta, in the Campania region of Salerno province. St. Agnello is a popular saint in Pisciotta and there used to be a St. Agnello feast day in Amsterdam. The Pisciotta connection led to theatrical hijinks in 1967 during the Amsterdam recreation department production of “My Fair Lady.” According to Jahnn Swanker-Gibson, now a Johnstown resident, a plan was ...


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