When Alice Etro was a little girl, she used to spend after-school hours with her father, Kean Etro, creative director of Etro men’s wear, playing with fabric samples in the design studio of the fashion brand that her grandfather Gimmo started in 1968. She’d create garments from off-cuts for her dolls and play with the tubes from the rolls of cloth....

It was December 1947, just days before New Year’s Eve. Twenty-one-year-old Anthony “Tony” Gillistro had just come home from the Marine Corps and was paying his childhood friend William Manocchio a visit on Standish Street, their old neighborhood in Wethersfield, Conn. “The guys were getting together for a New Year’s Eve party. We all just came home...

Presentation: "Pittsburgh's Little Italy: Memories of the Italian American Community of Larimer". Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 7 p.m.. Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Learn about the voices captured in the History Center's Italian American Collection documenting Pittsburgh's Larimer neighborhood. Melissa E. Marinaro,...

Let’s get the elephant out of the closet right away: I would love to move to Italy. I must admit that that was not always the case, though. Before my husband retired, we’d been to Europe a few times. We were really just tourists then—in one day and out 10-to-14 days later. Once he retired, we went in search of my grandparents’ birthplace in Italy....

The Italians in Monroe, Louisiana, are a small, tight-knit group of successful, family-oriented people who have established deep roots in the Delta while maintaining a connection to each other and to their home country, despite pressures to become mainstream Americans. Even though Italians were the largest immigrant population of turn of the 19th c...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles has officially opened a new exhibition, Woven Lives: Exploring Women’s Needlework from the Italian Diaspora, which examines the significance of needlework in the lives of Italian-American women, their families, and communities from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The exhibition, which is open to...

Cristoforo Colombo was always aloft on his pedestal, looking out toward the harbor and sea, to catch the next ship and to sail off to his next conquest. His replacement – the Italian, or perhaps universal, immigrant family – will have come from the sea, from far away, and to stay, to put down roots and to begin their American success stories. That’...

Italians have had to deal with various stereotypes on the road to full acceptance in the American melting pot. Even today, some say we have yet to “melt.” The iconic organ grinder with his monkey and tin cup is a relic of the period when vendors of all types and nationalities made a living on the street. A tragic phase of this very public employmen...

The Italian Diaspora Archive Resource Map Working Group has worked over the last year and a half to evaluate the presence, accessibility, and visibility of archival resources in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia tri-state area. Our goal has been to move in incremental steps toward the creation of an accessible, searchable digital resource t...

Gone are the benches, planters, flood lights, and gravel walking paths. The sculpture itself — of an aspiring immigrant family — remains in the picture, as a controversial plan to replace the former Wooster Square Christopher Columbus monument moved to a new stage. That was the update offered Wednesday night at a meeting of the Wooster Square Monum...