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After a group of protesters threw Little Italy's longtime Columbus statue into the Harbor two years ago, the statue has been recreated by a local sculptor. Meanwhile, Baltimore's Italian-American community wants to put a new statue of an anonymous Italian immigrant in the plaza where the Columbus statue once stood. John Pica, president of the Itali...

There is a new effort underway to uncover the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park. The Italian Sons and Daughters of America are pushing the new Ed Gainey Administration to block the removal of the 50-foot statue and uncover it. In the fall of 2020, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to uproot the statue with former Mayor Bill Peduto appr...

Location: University of Pittsburgh Italian Program & Heinz History Center Italian American Program. Call for Papers: "Mining the Diaspora: Italian American Materialities, Archaeologies & Intersections". Submissions due June 15, 2022. The Italian American Studies Association (IASA) welcomes independent thinkers, scholars, and academics, past and pre...

Besides being one of the few women to secure her place in the historic art world, Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi endures as the visionary behind “Judith Slaying Holofernes,” one of the most gruesomely striking paintings ever displayed. Produced in the early 1600s, the Old Testament story depicts the beheading of an Assyrian general,...

It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce that our Gilda has been chosen as this year’s Grand Marshal of the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade. The largest New Jersey parade celebrating Columbus! I will send the specifics for the Columbus dinner inaugurating Gilda Rorro as the Grand Marshal, along with the parade details. The dinner will o...

Monday, May 9, 2022 7:30 p.m. - Parkway Central Library (1901 Vine Street, between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway) Philadelphia, PA 19103. Cost: $15 or $32.00-Book with ticket. Buy tickets here. “A comedy writer with a heart of gold” (The New York Times), Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction that ha...

While thinking back on Hays, my old Italian-Pittsburgh neighborhood, I was suddenly reminded of the many vendors who would go door-to-door, as well as the small businesses that thrived around us. In the 50s and 60s, many vendors would find themselves on our porch, looking to buy or sell goods.  These local hucksters and proprietors dealt in brooms,...

An effort to help preserve Italian history in the Sewickley area is underway. What started as an idea from residents and members of the Sons of Italy social club has developed into the Sewickley Area Italian Heritage Archive Project. The goal is to amass a collection of materials and then digitize them for preservation and observation. Items being...

One way that Claire DeMatteis accomplishes so much is that she gets up at 4 a.m. Another is her sense of order. “I’m probably one of the most disciplined people that you ever met,” she said. “I’m very much a planner.” In January, she became secretary of the Delaware Department of Human Resources. That’s on top of serving on the boards of Nemours an...

Attorney George Bochetto, who is running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, will hold a rally at Pittsburgh’s Columbus statue in Schenley Park on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. Bochetto, a member of Italian Sons and Daughters of America, filed a lawsuit in late 2020 on behalf of ISDA to block the removal of the 50-foot Columbus statue, which was paid f...

Multiple representatives of community organizations gathered on the Sons of Italy’s heated outdoor patio Wednesday evening to receive donations from the Sons of Italy totaling $38,000. In total, the Sons gave $45,150 to 24 non-profits, programs and community oriented projects from January to March through the Sons’ gambling proceeds. Most years, th...

Sunday April 24, 2022. 12:30 PM - 04:30 PM. St Leo’s School Hall - 908 Stiles St, Baltimore, MD 21202. The Foundation Board of Directors has approved two fundraisers in the coming 2 years. Our first Scholarship Foundation event will be held in the St Leo’s School Hall on Sunday April 24, 2022 from 12:30-4:30pm. The event will be chaired by Tim Elli...