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Courthouse Docket

Una Storia Segreta

On Saturday, November 15 at 1 pm, the Courthouse Docket continues with Lawrence DiStasi, Project Director of Una Storia Segreta, who will speak about the Italian American Experience during World War II. In California, the relatively forgotten treatment of some Italian Americans by the government involved removal and even incarceration of innocent citizens.

DiStasi will provide a brief, illustrated summary of the major measures taken against Italian enemy aliens during World War II including general restrictions on 600,000 people, internment of those deemed “dangerous,” evacuation of EAs from California prohibited zones, curfew on all California enemy aliens, individual exclusion program for naturalized citizens and the plight of fishermen and requisition of their boats. Then DiStasi will discuss the “Danger in ‘Potentially Dangerous.’” This category runs through almost all the measures taken against Italian enemy aliens, from those who were interned to those who were evacuated from prohibited zones. None had done anything wrong nor committed any crime, which is why they were not notified of the charges against them. All were targeted based solely on what they might do.

Afterwards, visit the History Museum's immigrant exhibit to discover more about Italian American experience in San Mateo County.

Next on the Docket

Saturday, December 6: Holiday Concert with the SFSU Handbell Concert

The Courthouse Docket is a monthly series of presentations held in the History Museum's Historic Courthroom A. The Courthouse Docket Series is sponsored by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.
The Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation Board of Directors: Lewis Coleman, Charles Crocker, James C. Flood, JB McIntosh, Peter T. Pope, Richard T. Thieriot and Michael R. V. Whitman.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
1 p.m.
History Museum, Courtroom A
$6 for adults, $4 for seniors & students
Click here for event flyer.
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