During World War II, the U.S. government threw 60,000 Italian immigrants in internment camps, and forced hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants and Americans of Italian descent from the east and west coasts of the United States for being what was described as “enemy aliens.” Like the Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans, Italian immigran...

Downtown Sioux Falls has made an incredible recovery from the state it was in in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. The downtown pedestrian mall, which itself was an effort to breathe life back into the area, not only failed, but made an already-bad situation even worse. Fortunately, there were a number of area residents who believed in the h...

Last year The US World Herald released a list of the 100 most common Italian last names in America. When the article surfaced in search results, it received more than 1 million reads. Thanks to a growing number of reviews, we’ve expanded the list from 100 to 150. “We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and interest of the Italian people,” said...

Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! Things are going great here at We the Italians: another month full of wonderful things happened and news to be announced. Last October 25th I had the pleasure to participate in the presentation of the Rapporto Italiani nel Mondo 2019. Once again Delfina Licata and her team have put together an e...

What an incredible honor it was to receive the Mario M. Cuomo Government Integrity Award this year from the Capital Region’s American Italian Heritage Association, Museum and Cultural Center. I’m so very proud to be a first generation Italian-American, part of more than 26 million Americans of Italian heritage, and have always deeply admired the co...

Tuesday, 11/26/2019 - 6:30pm. 22 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011. Presented in collaboration with BACAS - Borghi Antichi Cultura Arti e Scienze. Mimmo Lucano, former mayor of Riace, Calabria, in conversation with: Pietro Costa, Founder and Executive Creative Director, BACAS; Tiziana Rinaldi Castro, Creative Director of Literary Programs, BACAS; Teres...

Local artist Scott LoBaido unveiled a statue Monday dedicated to America’s first saint amid continuing controversy about a perceived snub against her. His statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, more commonly known as Mother Cabrini, was made public on her feast day, and displayed outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. City officials declined...

In celebration of Italian American Heritage Month, our favorite moderator John M. Viola was invited to speak to the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation (NOIA Foundation) about the history of Southern Italy and its impact on the Italian American story. Recorded from a live presentation, join our friends in Cleveland as they explore a brief his...

In 1942, Enrico Fermi created the world’s first nuclear reactor. Guglielmo Marconi transmitted the first transatlantic radio signal. What do these people have in common? Their last names end in vowels, of course. And they all hail from the land of unlimited breadsticks and progressive culture. Italy has long been a fortress of ideas, innovation and...

Do you know who Mother Cabrini is? We celebrate her Feast Day this week. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was an Italian-born sister who felt a passionate desire to serve the poor. In 1880, after founding the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, she presented herself to Pope Leo XIII and asked to be sent to China. Leo answered, “Not to the East, but t...