Elizabeth Povinelli’s inheritance was passed down not through blood or soil, but through a framed map of Trentino, Alto Adige, in Italy—the region where her family's ancestral alpine village is located. Far more than a map hanging above the family television, the image featured colors and lines that held in place the memories and values fueling the...

Today we’re diving into Italian witchcraft, also known as Italian-American Stregheria. Italy has a long history, and each of Italy’s regions has its longstanding traditions and culture. These traditions also include various beliefs, superstitions, and witchcraft.  This tradition was popularised in the later 20th century by Italian-Amerian witchers....

Sunday 05/02/2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT. The Italian American Experience: The Archive as Classroom. The Museo presents a conversation with Professor Lina Insana on how archives can become  spaces of active learning and fruitful collaborations, offering a more experimental approach to the study of Italians in places such as Pittsburgh, PA, and Santa...

In this episode of the Atlas Obscura podcast, we visit a graveyard in the “Granite Capital of the World” that pays tribute to the stone cutters and artisans who are buried amongst the sculptures they created. Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible si...

Italian-American literature of the second half of the 20th century described a world divided between generations, often very different from one another. Between two Fatherlands, between opposite perceptions and views of what Italy and America were. It described the American Dream, the eldorado and the fight against prejudice, a desire for integrati...

Sounds like an anomaly, doesn’t it? A “poor man’s banker,” but that’s what thousands of disenfranchised immigrants called the gracious Amadeo Pietro Giannini. His contemporaries referred to him as “America’s Banker.” The son of Italian immigrants, Virginia and Luigi, Amadeo was born on a farm in San Jose, California on May 6, 1870. At 7, he was tra...

It was a goddess that inspired Sunny Bertollini to move to Italy. The 50-year-old herbalist, and her husband, Mark Hinshaw, a 72-year-old retired architect, had been coming to Italy on vacation for years. On one trip, they visited an ancient temple to Salus, a Roman goddess of health and well-being — and Bertollini, who says she has “always been a...

Al via i lavori per l’adeguamento funzionale e tecnologico dell’antico edificio della Commenda di San Giovanni di Prè, dove verrà ospitato il Museo Nazionale dell’Emigrazione Italiana (MEI), che nasce dalla forte volontà di restituire al grande pubblico, nazionale e internazionale, la narrazione di un patrimonio  vastissimo e diversificato come que...

John Carollo grew up in a small town in Sicily before immigrating to Brooklyn at the age of 14. There were no organized sports where he lived, a very small town, but all the boys loved to just kick a ball around together. Upon his arrival in Brooklyn and enrollment in the local High School one year later, he was stunned by the school soccer teams,...

Sunday 03.14.2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PT. The Italian community of San Francisco has been one of the most investigated in Italian American history. Rarely, however, has its experience been examined in relation to the distinctively multiethnic context of the West Coast. Italian immigrants, arriving to California between the late nineteenth and early...