Thirty-One Days of Italians releases its 2022-23 List, honoring extraordinary people of Italian heritage who have greatly influenced the growth and culture of America. New this year is Vincent Justus Burnelli, who was honored in 1944 for his “Major Contributions to the Scientific Advancement of Aviation.” Burnelli is responsible for much of the mod...

If it is true - as it is - that Italian Americans have a lot of Italian culture in their DNA, one of the most obvious proofs is the role of women in the family. Both in Italy and in the Italian American community, women are the fundamental pillar of the family: but they are also very much more. Time passing and society evolving lead to a due, thoug...

Born Ella Rose Tambussi in 1919, in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Grasso’s parent’s both were Italian immigrants. Grasso worked her way up the state political ranks, elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1952, then becoming the first female Floor Leader of the House in 1955 and in 1958, elected the Secretary of State of Connecticut,...

Friends, family, former colleagues, and local leaders celebrated what would have been former Gov. Ella Grasso’s 100th birthday Friday, paying tribute to the first woman in the country elected to the position without having been the wife of a former governor. Before being elected governor in 1974, Grasso served as a state representative from Windsor...

Queste 10 donne italiane e italoamericane hanno lasciato il segno negli States: dalla politica alla cultura, dalla religione allo sport, 10 storie che connettono le due sponde dell'oceano Che siano figlie di umili immigrati, cresciute nelle varie Little Italy a pastasciutta e olio buono, o che siano arrivate in America da adulte inseguendo una nece...

Always around the 50 States searching for traces of Italy, today our trip stops in Connecticut. Among the things important to remember about Italians in Connecticut, we cannot fail to mention Ella T. Grasso: the daughter of Italian immigrant parents, in 1975 she was the first female to be elected governor of a US state (all three previous female go...

The 70's have been an important decade among the Italian Americans: a renewed sense of pride for their heritage grew through the community, and important organization were founded. One of these is NOIAW, the National Organization of Italian American Women. Aileen Riotto Sirey, Ph.D., is one of the founders and Chair Emerita of this beloved institu...

By Mark Davis   There is one Connecticut Italian American who was a national ground breaker for women, and who has over shadowed every Governor for the past 34 years. Of all the statues of famous Connecticut residents from the past that adorn the outside of the Capitol building, there is only one woman, Ella Tambussi Grasso. The statue...

Entrando nella sede del Congresso degli Stati Uniti a Washington DC si passa sotto la "rotunda", la cupola del Campidoglio che ospita i Parlamentari. L'affresco dipinto sulla parte interna della rotunda, "L'apoteosi di George Washington" è una delle prime rappresentazioni artistiche riguardanti la storia degli Stati Uniti: fu iniziato nel 1855 e te...