Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Filangeri Project

In 2008 we had the opportunity to travel to Santa Flavia in Palermo, Sicily, the site of Palazzo Filangeri, which is now being used as the town hall. On the ceiling was painted the Filangeri coat of arms displayed here.

We are gathering information about our forebears who emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900's. If you are a descendant of  Antonio, Elviro, Eduardo, Mario, or Providenza Filangeri, who emigrated from Palermo to NYC, we would like to complete our family lineage. Please send any photos and stories you would like to post on this blog.

You can send information to or add your comments below.

Visit the Filangeri Project link for more information and other family links.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Ghosts of Nevada

Photos taken by Dennis and/or Judith Filangeri

There's something compelling about ghost towns. Perhaps it's a sense of those lives that passed through the town, nothing-very-special people, but willing to brave the harsh desert environment for a chance at something different and maybe better; perhaps a sense of the tragedy of those hopes abandoned. Ghost towns are a snapshot of human endeavor without the humans. So we venture along roads sometimes barely passable with ruts, rocks, and rubble, seeking GPS coordinates. And at the end of the road, we find the photogenic silent skeletons of civilization falling into rust and dust. 

"Nothing beside remains. Round the decay 
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare 
The lone and level sands stretch far away." 
Ozymandias Percy Bysshe Shelley