More than a century ago, Our Lady of Mount Virgin, located in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood, was once the heart of Seattle’s Italian community. In 1915, when the church was built, about 215 Italian families called the neighborhood home. As new immigrants arrived, Our Lady of Mount Virgin was one of the first places they would visit for informa...

One of the most wonderful things about the exceptional tradition that unites all those who have built the history of the Italian American community over many decades is the solidarity, generosity, and brotherhood that has allowed so many Italian Americans to survive and grow in very difficult conditions, thanks to the help of other fellow Italians...

As the great sage Charlie Brown once said: “There are 3 things in life that people like to stare at: a flowing stream, a crackling fire, and a Zamboni clearing the ice.” Watching one of these machines glide across a skating rink, restoring carved-up ice to glassy perfection, is efficiency in motion. A job that once required 1.5 hours of manual labo...

The 1907 Monongah explosions may be remembered for Italian deaths that exceeded those in 1956 Marcinelle. It may better serve us to remember the West Virginia disaster for the way body pieces were assembled, covered and paraded with a deception so grand that pieces of assembled flesh were given Italian names or for the Monongah myths imported into...

Tis the season of Christmas tidings, good food and the celebration of the Christ Child. Will it be the same for Christmas 2020? No matter what else, the religious value of Christmas will continue to dominate this holiday. I often reminisce about Christmas past as we all probably do. As youngsters, we eagerly waited for the jolly little man, dressed...

In 2018, nearly 45,000 Italians returned from abroad to resettle in Italy according to figures from Istat, the Italian National Institute of Statistics. This emerging trend of Italians returning home following years of studying and working abroad could be the silver lining for Italy that shines through the decade-long cloud that saw a mind-boggling...

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving, this past weekend marked 50 years since my immigration to America. November 28th 1970-November 28th 2020. They say a photo can tell a story. I want to share this photo with you because it tells a very important story, an immigration story. Here in America, regardless of who you are or where you are from, we are all im...

Se l’Albero è il simbolo del Natale, il Presepe ne rappresenta la tradizione anche oltreoceano. Nella grande America in questo periodo dell'anno parte una competizione tra le varie grandi case, le luci diventano protagoniste, assieme a ghirlande, si vedono i mega addobbi e non c'è limite alla creatività.A noi dell'Associazione Oll Muvi, conosciuti...

Congratulations to NIAF Member Sal DiMaria for his autobiography, Immigrant: A Journey to the American Dream, a book about a poor boy from Sicily who comes to the United States. After working in factories and serving in the U.S. Army, he goes on to college and becomes a successful university professor.  DiMaria’s life story goes beyond a testimonia...

Immigration — both legal and illegal — has been a widely debated topic in America the last few years. Indeed, the National Immigration Forum reports, a June 2019 Gallup poll found that “the percentage of Americans who said that immigration was the most important problem facing the country reached a record high ... at 23 percent.” However, the forum...