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Festa Vettraino Records

 Collection
Identifier: 2005-10

Collection Scope

The collection consists of correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, address lists, printed material, and photographs. The collection contains biographical information about the Vettraino family with detailed information about Michael Vettraino and references to other Vettraino family members. The collection details the work of the Festa Vettraino planning committee, which oversaw the logistics of defining and coordinating a major event. It also contains the printed material associated with Festa Vettraino: save the date card, invitation, program, and seed packet. The memory book contains personal recollections of the Vettraino family and their friends.

Dates

  • 2004 - 2005

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

The history of the Vettraino family in America links inextricably to Cranbrook Educational Community. Michael Vettraino was born November 24, 1884 in the Italian village of Sant’Elia Fiumerapido. In 1905, Michael Vettraino immigrated to the United States and began working for Booth family on their farmland in Bloomfield Hills. Other Italian families including the DiPonios, the Morantes, and the Angelosantos lived and worked at Cranbrook, shaping Cranbrook’s landscape under the direction of Cranbrook’s founder, George Gough Booth.

Michael Vettraino married Michela, a young woman from part of Italy in 1913. They raised six children on the grounds of Cranbrook: Dominick, Annette, John, Samuel, Concetta, and Rose. Michael’s sons, Dominick and John, both worked at Cranbrook for over 50 years, raising their own families on the grounds. Dominick was well known in the Bloomfield Hills community and served the city as city commissioner and mayor. In 1955, Michael Vettraino received the Founders Medal; he was the first Cranbrook employee to receive it. Cranbrook honored 50 years of Vettraino family service with the naming of Piazza Vettraino. As Ben and Margot Snyder wrote, “There is no yardstick capable of measuring what the Vettraino generations have given to the place we all cherish…They were among the pillars upon which George and Ellen Booth built their legacy.” John Vettraino’s daughter, Cecilia Vettraino Strine, continues the Vettraino legacy working at Brookside School Cranbrook.

On May 1, 2005, Festa Vettraino commemorated 100 years of Vettraino family service to Cranbrook. This event included food, entertainment, music, planting a magnolia tree, and stories of the Vettraino family.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet (1 MS)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The history of the Vettraino family in America links inextricably to Cranbrook Educational Community. Michael Vettraino began working for the Booth family on their farmland in Bloomfield Hills and helped shape Cranbrook's landscape under the direction of founder, George Gough Booth. Michael and his wife Michela, raised six children on the grounds of Cranbrook. Michael’s sons, Dominick and John, both worked at Cranbrook for over 50 years, raising their own families on the grounds. John Vettraino’s daughter, Cecilia Vettraino Strine, continued the Vettraino legacy working at Brookside School Cranbrook. Cranbrook honored 50 years of Vettraino family service with the naming of Piazza Vettraino, and on May 1, 2005, Festa Vettraino commemorated 100 years of Vettraino family service to Cranbrook. This event included food, entertainment, music, planting a magnolia tree, and stories of the Vettraino family. The collection consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, address lists, printed material, and photographs, and includes biographical information about the Vettraino family with detailed information about Michael Vettraino and references to other Vettraino family members. The collection details the work of the Festa Vettraino planning committee, which oversaw the logistics of defining and coordinating a major event, including printed material. The memory book contains personal recollections of the Vettraino family and their friends.

Arrangement

Material is arranged alphabetically within the collection and chronologically within each folder.

Acquisition

The records were generated by Cranbrook Archives’ staff.

Related Materials

Dominick Vettraino Papers (1990-15)

Cranbrook Foundation Records (1981-05)

George Gough Booth Papers (1981-01)

Henry Scripps and Carolyn Farr Booth Papers (1982-05)

Transfers

Photographs were transferred to the Photograph Special File.

Processing History

Processed by Catherine Moras, 2005.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Festa Vettraino Records
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid written by Catherine Moras.
Date
2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resource record created by Laura MacNewman.

Repository Details

Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository

Contact:
39221 Woodward Ave.
P.O. Box 801
Bloomfield Hills MI 48303 US