In 1850, a small and sickly girl, the youngest of thirteen children, was born two months prematurely to a farm family in the Italian region of Lombardy. Francesca Cabrini would suffer from poor health her entire life. When in her teens she decided to give her life to Christ, she was rejected by the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, who considered her...

Dr. Arthur Bartolozzi III’s father, Arturo II ( Junior, or Secondo), monitored the safety and chemistry of the water as health officer of Trenton, N.J., while his mother Maryann became renowned for her talent at knitting. She turned her gifted hands to cooking as well, crafting pasta in the finest shapes for a dinner she and her mother Maria hosted...

My name is Katherine Perry, Kate for short, and I am a senior at Cape Henlopen High School. I am a fifth-generation Italian American on my mom’s side (the Perry side), and on my dad’s side (though the generation may not be the same). I have never thought about this concept much before nor took an interest in it till recently. I never knew that I ha...

Let’s begin the new year of interviews by moving to one of the American territories farthest from Italy, the Northwest. The protagonists of the book written by Tessa Floreano are Idaho, Oregon and Washington, three states that are not among the best known in our country nor among those that have welcomed Italian emigrants the most. But as we have o...

Guiglielmin Peraldo immigrated to America to earn money for his family back home in Piedicavallo, Italy. He was one of several stonemasons in his hometown in Piedmont, on the Swiss border. Unfortunately, he lost his life July 27, 1892, in a fall from a high stone column while working on a railroad trestle at Gauley Bridge, W.Va. Peraldo’s death lef...

Infrastructural renderings that reference historical entities, almost always manage to cast a deeper impact than architecture designed to fulfil a hedonistic image. It is, after all, these references and details that humanise stoic edifices. Infusing architecture with such details becomes even more pertinent when designing structures within neighbo...

The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is a shining icon that has illuminated the heart of New York for decades, but few are familiar with its fascinating story of tradition, emigration, and an Italian touch. This is the story of Cesidio Perruzza, the Italian who, during a time of deep poverty and crisis like the Great Depression, brought a glimm...

Stephanie Synclair was on her own "Eat, Pray, Love" journey in 2012 when she first visited the place that would become her second home. Synclair was newly into her entrepreneur era, having quit a 10-year corporate marketing career to become a consultant and work for herself. "I knew it was time to quit corporate America when I was sick of people te...

Has it been a little too long since you last saw the world through childlike eyes, slowed down and observed the ordinary with a fresh perspective, and allowed yourself to act a little silly under a big open sky? Chris Bangle certainly thinks so.  American-born Bangle left an illustrious and somewhat controversial career as Chief of Design for Germa...

"Italian Culture in America: The Immigrants" describes the nationwide anti-Italian discrimination, and often violent retribution, experienced by millions of immigrants during the formative years of an industrializing United States, from 1880 to 1930. This carefully presented work reveals the presence of Italian culture provided by hardworking, fami...