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...

Imagine a romance that blooms without the aid of texting/ voice mail / Face Time or WhatsApp, but simply through letter writing, resulting in a marriage lasting a lifetime. In Letters from Italy: A Transatlantic Love Story (BlackRoseWriting.com) this simple pleasure recurs throughout the book, leading to one of the most compelling thoughts: to life...

You can hike for miles in the mountainous Sila plateau through dark woods of pine trees dripping with lichen and moss. With the help of a local guide, you can watch for wolves, boars, and deer as you follow streams, brooks, waterfalls, fallow fields, and caves. Nature fuels your imagination in a harsh region with a rich combination of spirituality,...

While FDR had his fireside chats, I experienced porch side chats where I learned much about my heritage. It is well known that weekly Sunday suppers were a special time for large Italian families. It was a day of rest, except of course for Italian mothers — but they loved it, as they had an opportunity to enjoy the company of relatives and visiting...

Mercanteinfiera, the appointment of antiques, historical design and vintage collecting of Fiere di Parma, opens from March 12 to 20 with a look at the '900 and confirms its dates. To inaugurate the spring edition, two collateral exhibitions entitled "Partivano i bastimenti. Home sweet home America" and "Olivetti #StoriadiInnovazione". Different sto...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is pleased to present 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. On View: January 29 – Oc...

When Italians began to arrive in large numbers in the United States, they had no representation and were heavily discriminated. Their rights were not recognized, until 1905 when a visionary, Vincenzo Sellaro, realized that only by uniting and associating themselves could they defend their rights and celebrate their origins. That is when the Order o...

For many Italian American families, the story of an immigrant’s sacrifice usually begins in the years between 1880 and 1920, known as the Great Wave of Italian Immigration to the United States. But for 2,800 unfortunate souls, immigration to the “Land of Opportunity” came earlier, and at a much greater cost. Between late 1872 and early 1873, thousa...

Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Otteneheimer Theater, Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd Street, Little Rock, AR. They came looking for the promised land. They found a nightmare. And they built it into a new life. This is the story of the Italians of Sunnyside. Lured from Italy to buy parts of Sunnyside Plantation, instead they were litt...