There are almost twenty museums of Italian emigration to America, and another one has recently been inaugurated. It is part of a wonderful complex in the US Capital, Washington DC. I am pleased to have Francesco Isgrò as guest and protagonist of this interview, President of this wonderful new place that celebrates the Italian American experience an...

NOIAW’s Greater Washington, DC and Rhode Island Regions invite you to join us for an online presentation on the life and work of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), popularly known as “Mother Cabrini,” a determined Italian nun who together with seven other sisters founded a missionary order and at Pope Leo XIII’s request, traveled “not East, bu...

Located on the top, flat part of Verona, Penn. — running parallel to the main street, about one-half mile away — was Second Street where I grew up.  The topography made it special, but more notably, it was all of the hustle and bustle in this mixed Italian, German, Croatian, Irish and Polish neighborhood that made it shine. As youngsters, we put up...

Being an Italian American who holds passports for both countries, grew up in the U.S. and moved to Italy later in life, my thoughts on what it means to be Italian American have evolved over the years. Here is what being Italian American means to me today. Staying connected to my roots while forging ahead to chase my dreams. Our families left Italy...

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 twentieth centuries, encountered differen...

Launched in 2020 to remember the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war through the #IAWW2Heroes initiative.  This entry is a special submission from John Messina in honor of his late grandfather. Giuseppe (Joe) Messina was bo...

Being born into a loving Sicilian-Louisiana family, nurtured within the heart of New Orleans’ multicultural mélange of fabulous food, music, art and celebrations, gave me a perspective that I now acknowledge as truly extraordinary! Earliest memories are sensuous–fresh-baked schicciata, earthy pan bread pressed to perfection by loving hands, pungent...

When I was a young boy, our family schedule on Sundays always included a trip to my grandmother’s (Nana’s) home along with all 32 cousins and 22 aunts and uncles. Typically, the adults enjoyed Italian desserts and loud discussions around the table, while the cousins played outside or in Nana’s basement. Part of her basement décor was a portrait lin...

Mimmo Gangemi ritorna in libreria con Il popolo di mezzo, un bellissimo libro in cui riprende il tema dell’emigrazione italiana in America che già aveva trattato con successo nel romanzo La signora di Ellis Island. Una “storia d’amore e di anarchia” ma anche di risentimento, frustrazione e di forte odio degli immigrati italiani verso il nuovo Conti...

It has been ten years since I moved to Rome but I have yet to sit down and write out exactly how I did it. That is partly because I believe that the individual reasons and ways that people move are so personal they are impossible to replicate. That being said, it is the question that I get from non-Europeans most often: how did you do it? You can l...