Marie D'Orazi Giles Interview, May 21, 1990


Marie Giles


Bill Hritsco



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Marie D’Orazi Giles discusses her family history and life in Missoula, Montana, during the 20th century, beginning with her father Giovanni D’Orazi’s immigration to the United States in 1906. She talks about her family’s strong connection to art and her own artistic abilities, which was the impetus for opening Marie’s Art-Eries, an art shop and gallery, with her husband Harvey Giles in 1972. Giles discusses her Italian heritage and its influence on her and her family’s life, including the specialty grocery shop that her father owned during her childhood. She recalls the evolution of Marie’s Art-Eries from its beginning as a small shop on Higgins Ave. to a much larger space in mid-town Missoula. She reflects on her approach to art and expresses her opinions about the art scene in Missoula as well as changes in infrastructure and growth in Missoula during her lifetime.


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Document Type

Oral History


Marie D’Orazi Giles; D'Orazi family, Missoula, Montana; Marie’s Art-Eries, Missoula, Montana; Missoula businesses, history; First-generation Italian families, Montana; Missoula art culture; Missoula art community; Missoula community; Italian immigration, Montana; Mike Mansfield; Walt Disney

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Communities Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 246-001, 002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (60 min. each) analog + 1 transcript (29 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:31:28 minutes

Local Filename

OH_246_001_002.mp3; OH_246_001_002.pdf

Marie D'Orazi Giles Interview, May 21, 1990