Italian Americans in Western Pennsylvania

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Experience a preview of our upcoming publication Highlights from the Italian American Collection: Western Pennsylvania Stories through our new Google Arts & Culture exhibit, "Italian Americans in Western Pennsylvania." Thirty years ago, the History Center embarked on a project to preserve and interpret the history of Italian migrants that settled in Western Pennsylvania.

Today, Pennsylvania has roughly 1.4 million people claiming Italian ancestry and, in Western Pennsylvania, nearly 15 percent of the population identifies as Italian American. Thanks to the generosity of this community, the History Center has amassed one of the largest collections of Italian American material culture in the United States, housing thousands of objects and archives reflecting the Italian American experience.

SOURCE: Senator John Heinz History Center

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