The IAMLA was delighted to join Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo for the inauguration of Annette Cardona Square in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Cypress Park earlier this week. Cardona, who was known later in life as Annette Charles, was born in Los Angeles to Italian and Mexican parents. She is best remembered for playing the role of Char...

IAMLA executive director and cofounder Marianna Gatto has been awarded the Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy) by the Italian republic. Hon. Silvia Chiave, Italian Consul General in Los Angeles, knighted Gatto in a small ceremony on May 26 in Los Angeles on behalf of Sergio Mattarella, president of...

What is Italian American cuisine? How do we define traditional dishes transformed by Italian immigrants? Is the food we eat today the same as our mothers and grandmothers prepared? Italian American food traditions are often misunderstood and defined only in comparison to the “true” Italian canon. In reality, Italian American food is its own unique...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) opened its doors in 2016 to tell the story of Italian immigrants in Southern California: their history now housed in the renovated Italian Hall, built in 1908. The Italian presence in California dates back to 1683 when Eusebio Francisco Chini (known as Eusebio Kino), a Jesuit priest born in norther...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles seeks two, qualified undergraduate students, in the fields of History, Education, Social Science, Museum Studies, and other relevant areas of study, to serve as summer interns funded by the Getty Grant Program. To apply: send a letter of interest and resume to info@italianhall.org Duration: June 21, 2021 -...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and Italian Sons and Daughters of America present "Joe LoPiccolo Performs the ItaLiAn Project." Join us on Thursday March 25, 2021 at 4pm PST for a live performance and discussion with musician Joe LoPiccolo where he’ll take us on a musical journey through LA's historic Italian enclaves and Southern Califo...

Folk dances tell stories and reflect a group’s diverse history and culture. While the tarantella — arguably Italy’s most famous folk dance — is best known today as a dance performed at weddings, its origins are as ancient as they are peculiar. The tarantella traces its origins to Taranto, a city in Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s “boot.” The dance da...

Thursday December 10. 4PM PST on IAMLA facebook page. RSVP Here. Have you ever wondered where your favorite holiday traditions came from? Join us on December 10th at 4 pm PST via Facebook Live when we take a look at the unexpected stories behind some of our most beloved holiday figures, imagery, and traditions. From Babbo Natale and the nativity, t...

In 1934, Joseph Gatto was born to an Italian immigrant father and an Italian American mother, Maria Antonia “Mary” Cortese, whose family had settled in Pueblo in 1898, three years before her birth. The families lived alongside many others from their native villages in Sicily and Calabria, happily and gratefully calling one of the tiny, non-descript...

In celebration of Italian American Heritage Month, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) and Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) present: My Roots, My Heritage, a free and interactive genealogy webinar designed to help you discover your family’s origins and unique story. Whether you are curious about your family’s early years,...