“Pasquale: Tales of a Brooklyn Grocer’s Son” by Peter M. Franzese has been released worldwide. This detailed, 414-page memoir tells the life story of Pasquale “Pat” Franzese, the author’s grandfather, through the memories he shared and wisdom he gained over ninety-two years of life. An exploration of family history, Italian-American culture, and ho...

The first U.S.A. book presentation on the “Birth of New Biccari in Philadelphia” was held at the History of Italian Immigration Museum (HIIM) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, November-19. The HIIM is in the heart of the Little Italy enclave of South Philadelphia. Our host for the event was the Filitalia International & Foundation organiza...

When Lisa DeNatale set out to obtain Italian citizenship based on her Sicilian lineage, things got complicated fast. Non-Italians can obtain citizenship if an ancestor was born in Italy, even one as far back as great-great-grandparents. DeNatale's paternal grandparents, for instance, were born in Sicily and came over to the U.S. in the early 1900s....

Jews in Sicily celebrated traditional Sabbath services for the first time in 500 years last month when Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Washington, D.C. delivered a Torah to the newly established synagogue in Catania. Having been expelled from Spanish territory, which then included Sicily and southern Italy, by Queen Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand...

Italy increasingly intercultural It used to be said that Italy has transformed over the years from a country of emigration into a country of immigration: this phrase has never been true and, even more so, it is not true now because it is belied by data and facts. People have never stopped leaving from Italy, and in the last few difficult years of l...

"Topics in Italian American Studies," a free two-night seminar series at Pueblo Union Depot, 132 W. B St., will explore the Italian-American experience from periods of mass emigration to the present. Marianna Gatto, executive director and cofounder of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, will lead the series in partnership with Colorado Stat...

This week in North Philly Notes, we showcase our recent program celebrating the publication of The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia, edited by Andrea Canepari and Judith Goode. Temple University Libraries and Temple University Press recently participated in an event at Charles Library celebrating the publication of The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia:...

This week, we celebrated National Immigrants Day, a holiday meant to honor the diversity, perseverance and contributions of those who have come from different places and cultures all over the world to make a home in America and in Kansas City. Among them was Nikoles Aleshi, a poor Italian immigrant who built a successful grocery business in Kansas...

THE PHRASE “hidden in plain sight” could have originated with the Cettolin house in West Seattle. Nestled along the unpretentious, extended block of 32nd Avenue between the Fauntleroy Expressway (opened in 1965) and Nucor Steel (opened in 1905 as Seattle Steel), the dwelling, upon further examination, looks to be a villa straight from Italy. Which...

In the final six weeks of 1872, two thousand haggard Italian immigrants disembarked at New York, more than had arrived in the previous ten months. What had sparked this sudden influx? In Italy, a faltering economy forced thousands of unemployed peasants to leave the country. Plagued by labor shortages, South American nations like Argentina and Braz...