Growing up in a strict Italian-American family was never dull though quite predictable.  My father, who was most certainly the head of the clan, had few rules that were explained with fanfare but my sister, Kathy and I clearly understood what was expected of us by the way he led by example.  Of all the things Dad imparted to us, I would say the imp...

I grew up with family stories.  My maternal great-grandfather, a hard-working immigrant from Abruzzo,  reacted to some now forgotten blow to his honor by hanging himself with his youngest daughter's jump rope in their West Philadelphia basement.  His wife, Philomena, was left to raise eight children, alone.  She suffered another devastating loss wh...

Escaping agricultural and economic depression, thousands of Irish immigrants fled their homeland in the mid-19th century — many of whom would come to settle in South Philly. As strangers, they sought a sanctuary where they could foster culture, community, and, of course, Catholicism. Under the authority of Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick of Philadel...

Sat, October 13, 2018. 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT. Simeone Foundation Museum - 6825-31 Norwitch Dr. Philadelphia, PA 19153. The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is pleased to announce that we will be visited by a very special guest on October 13, in conjunction with our “Ciao Philadelphia Enzo Ferrari” Demo Day. Please join us as we welcome Luca Dal...

The History of Italian Immigration Museum opened in 2014 by the non-profit organization Filitalia International & Foundation 501.C.3 has been vandalized for the first time on Columbus Day, 2018. A group of vandals under the name of "End Columbus Day" sprayed the entire curbside in front of the museum with several accusations and the syllogism "Colu...

Police are investigating multiple acts of Columbus Day-related vandalism in Philadelphia. There are reports of several incidents around Columbus and Italian heritage landmarks around the city. It was just a little after 4 a.m. at the Filitalia Foundation on Passyunk Avenue when surveillance video shows the suspect spray painting these messages outs...

As we approach the Columbus Day weekend, we are reminded of the Italians who left their mark on Philadelphia, and paved the way for the large Italian American population that has influenced our City for centuries. Below is a sampling of Italians who have contributed to the fabric of Philadelphia’s history.  Philadelphia is located along the Delawar...

Bishop Louis A. DeSimone, retired auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia and pastor emeritus of St. Monica Parish in South Philadelphia, died Friday morning, Oct. 5 at St. Thomas Monastery in Villanova following a brief illness. He was 96, and the third oldest Catholic bishop in the United States. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 1...

In the 50’s, as a kid growing up in my Southwest Philly neighborhood,  I like many other’s knew where I would spend about an hour or so every third Saturday morning.  That would be sitting in one of about 10 chairs, while waiting to get a haircut from the one and only Chris Arcadi. Chris owned and operated his barber shop at the corner of 65th and...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018. 9 am - 10:30 am Light Breakfast (coffee & cookies), Networking, and Presentation. The event will take place at the History of the Italian Immigration Museum -1834 E. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19148. The event is FREE OF CHARGE for all Filitalia members and $5 for non members. RSVP is required, so please reserve...