My Family and the Mob: An Evening with Russell Shorto

Thursday, June 9, 2022 • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Heinz History Center
$10 per person, $5 for History Center members | Please Register online
Hybrid Program

Add to Calendar06/09/2022 7:00 PM06/09/2022 08:30 PMAmerica/New_YorkMy Family and the Mob: An Evening with Russell ShortoJoin New York Times best-selling author Russell Shorto for an evening of revelations drawn from his recently published book, Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob.Heinz History CenterHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Join New York Times best-selling author Russell Shorto for an evening of revelations drawn from his recently published book, Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob. Shorto sensitively tackles a subject normally taboo in families, piecing together the story of his grandfather’s history as a numbers runner in Johnstown, Pa., and the impact his illicit business had on his immediate and extended family. Shorto’s earnest retelling of his family history weaves together the skills of a trained historian, genealogist, and master storyteller. Tune in as Shorto delves into the history of Western Pennsylvania illegal gambling with these dual personal and professional lenses. 

Using lessons learned researching his book, Shorto will also guide for those looking to push back against family history research roadblocks on this topic. He’ll also convey strategies on bringing family history to life through writing. Shorto offers an online course on the topic. 

Shorto will participate in a book signing directly following the event. 

REGISTRATION & ADMISSION 

This is a hybrid program. Attendees can participate either online or in-person at the Heinz History Center. Please register online.

Accessibility: Open Captioning Live captioning will be provided at this program.

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For more information or to request additional accommodations, please contact Sierra Green at sgreen@heinzhistorycenter.org.  

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About Russell Shorto 

Russell Shorto is the author, most recently, of Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob, and of six earlier books, including Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City and the national bestseller The Island at the Center of the World. He is the Executive Director of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute at the New-York Historical Society, a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and Senior Scholar at the New Netherland Institute in Albany, New York. From 2007 to 2013 he was Director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam. In 2009 he was awarded a knighthood from the Dutch government for his work in increasing historical understanding between the Netherlands and the United States. In 2018 he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. He was born and raised in Johnstown, Pa. 

Front page of Johnstown’s Tribune Democrat reporting on the discovery of Joseph “Pippy” diFalco’s body on May 27, 1960 over three months after he was murdered. Image from Tribune Democrat, courtesy of Russell Shorto.
Russell Shorto’s grandparents, Russ and Mary Shorto, at Club Harlem in Atlantic City, mid-1950s. Courtesy of Russell Shorto.

For more information, please contact Sierra Green at sgreen@heinzhistorycenter.org.