The Feast of Seven Fishes is a hallmark Christmas Eve tradition in Pittsburgh’s Italian-American households. The celebration took root in many regions of the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s as Italians began to immigrate en masse to the country and share their culinary heritage. “We can’t go back and say it comes from one person or...

We met so many wonderful paesani on our trip to Northeast Pennsylvania that we decided to make our way back to the western side of the Keystone State to seek out the Italian side of Pittsburgh, PA! Join John, Rossella and Pat as they visit the Steel City’s favorite Italian Pastry Shop, one of the nation’s finest museum collections dedicated to the...

Anyone who has studied in front of the brightly colored, geometric hanging rugs in Hillman Library, or taken the escalators past the massive mosaic in Posvar Hall, knows the “everyday” art of Virgil Cantini. The Pittsburgh-based sculptor and founder of Pitt’s studio arts department made over a dozen public works of art on campus and throughout the...

Join the Italian American Studies Association on Friday May 22, 2020, at 4pm EST for a Zoom Q&A regarding the Lucca Symposium, Pittsburgh Conference, and the new IASA journal published by the University of Illinois Press. Please email Courtney Ruffner at webmaster@italianamericanstudies.net to receive the Zoom link. The participants will provide up...

Ciao Amici! This year, the Italian American Program is celebrating 30 years as a part of the History Center and, in honor of this milestone, we are publishing a book entitled Highlights from the Italian American Collection: Western Pennsylvania Stories. While we might not be able to host a public event as we originally intended, we are offering a v...

Sunday, October 6, 2019 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Free for children 17 & under. Regular History Center admission rates apply for adults. Tu e la tua famiglia are cordially invited to commemorate your italianità at the History Center with a full day of interactive activities designed with K-1...

Saturday, Aug. 10 | 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St. Pittsburgh, PA. Parking lot underneath the Veterans Bridge Overpass. Free to the public. Come throw out the pallino and throw down for a worthy cause! Join us for a day of competitive bocce games, delicious Italian food courtesy of C...

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 7 p.m. Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom, 1015 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA. Admission is free with ticket registration. You are invited to attend a documentary screening celebrating the Italian American experience. Brothers James J. and Justice Louis L. Manderino from Monessen, Pennsylvania were born two of six...

A few years after immigrating to the United States, Vincent Sirianni of Bellevue, Pa. was drafted into the U.S. Army. After he completed his military training at Camp Wheeler, Georgia, he was sent overseas to North Africa. Sirianni eventually moved up to Naples, Italy and became a staff member with the Headquarters Company 2nd Reinforcement Depot....

Thursday, July 21 | 7 p.m. | Detre Library & Archives Reading Room   As part of the Books in the 'Burgh literary series, join the Italian American Program at the History Center for an evening of riveting Italian American storytelling. The program will include talks from Paul Gentile, author of "Salvatore and Maria: Finding Paradise," and...