The Italian American One Voice Coalition (IAOVC) is campaigning against those who aim to eradicate Columbus Day by enacting measures to get all Italian Americans involved in defending our heritage and saving our holiday.   The IAOVC is asking Italian American friends and organizations to sign the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) S...

By Jackie De La Porte   History is history and Christopher Columbus ushered in the European "Age of Discovery" in 1492. Although there may have been many forays by previous explorers, Asians, Vikings, etc., into what is now known as the Americas; it was following Christopher Columbus' exploration into the "New World" which, yes, was i...

by Jeremias Wells Christopher Columbus certainly ranks as one of the greatest men of achievement the world has ever known, and also justly one of the most renowned, for the entire history of Europeans in America originated from his vision, religious sense and adventurous spirit.   As can be expected in a man with an impassioned nature, many...

A longtime reader sent me an email the other day with a question that perplexed me: What happened to Christopher Columbus' golden buckles, or more accurately, the gold-painted buckles on his boots?   My correspondent was not, of course, talking about the explorer's real boots, but about the black marble pair that now adorn his statue at San...

While two American cities, Minneapolis and Seattle, have decided to remove Christopher Columbus' name from the holiday, Philadelphia is sticking with tradition, and there was a parade in South Philadelphia Sunday to celebrate. Spectators lined South Broad Street as they do every year to hear sting bands play traditional Italian music and to celebr...

In the United States there are 144 places named after Columbus: cities, towns, lakes, rivers, provinces, villages, townships, counties and of course the District of Columbia. America also has more than 200 statues, busts, monuments, memorials, bas reliefs dedicated to him; while it's impossible to count paintings and other artworks. Nevertheless, i...

Rain could not deter the Italian pride at Laura Bradley Park on Sunday afternoon.Standing under the Christopher Columbus statue that looks down onto West Parkside Drive, more than 30 Italians watched the rainy Christopher Columbus and Italian Heritage Recognition Ceremony. "It's an honor to have a Columbus statue here in a central part of Peoria,"...

All parades are tribal, and all parades look back. See how far we've come, they say. Better parades look forward, too. This is where we're going now. But the best parades reach out to others, raising a banner for universal values of goodwill, aiming in some small way to heal the world.   Such a parade is walking down State Street in Chicag...

di Alessandra Moro È il 12 ottobre di cinquecentoventicinque anni fa: tre caravelle guidate dal ligure Cristoforo Colombo approdano a San Salvador (oggi isola di Watling, Bahamas), nell'erronea convinzione di esser giunti nell'Asia di Marco Polo. Invece hanno toccato un nuovo continente, quello che verrà poi chiamato "America" dal nome di Amerigo...

In 2013, the Mercer County Italian American Festival Committee donated and erected a statute of Christopher Columbus on the site of their building in Hamilton Township, a municipality comprised OF 70% Italian Americans. Shortly thereafter, irresponsible vandals defaced the statute by blackening the face. Cavaliere John Scarpati called it a despicab...