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The DeMaso family discovered their father and grandfather, Eugene DeMaso, was a decorated war hero who was awarded many medals, including a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service during World War II. However, records show he never received them. DeMaso passed away 30 years ago, but his son, Eugene DeMaso and wife Miranda, contacted Congressma...

A red-figured skyphos—an ancient Greek earthenware drinking vessel—in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio will be repatriated to Italy, where it will now be under the jurisdiction of the country’s government. The vessel, which dates to 420 B.C.E. and is attributed to the Kleophon Painter of Athens, will remain at TMA for the next fou...

The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish and Shrine will commemorate the recent passing of the Rev. Peter Sordi with an 11 a.m. Mass on Saturday, June 1. The Mass will be concelebrated by local Scalabrini priests, with Bishop Lawrence Sabatini and the Rev. Nicholas Marro speaking during the services. (708-344-4140) Rev. Peter was born and ordained in Ital...

The Italian Club of Benld will host the 66th Annual Italian-American Days Festival May 24-27 at the Benld City Park 30 miles northeast of Alton. The weekend begins with the park opening at 4 p.m. Friday, May 24. Swyear Amusements will offer carnival armbands 6-10 p.m. for $22 and the OWLZ band will perform 6:30-10:30 p.m. The park will reopen at 4...

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 - What: A lecture by Dr. Judith Testa Rome’s three surviving triumphal arches— dedicated to the emperors Titus, Septimius Severus and Constantine— are among the most conspicuous monuments of imperial Rome. All are located in or n...

With his hands, mason Pietro Pendola didn’t just build a house. Brick by brick, he created a bastion of patriotism, a sanctuary where fellow Italian immigrants could congregate and learn the language of their new land. Meanwhile, he laid the foundation for a family that would add to the ranks of local police and the U.S. Armed Forces. With all that...

Saturday, July 13th - 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Freedom Hill County Park, 14900 Metro Pkwy, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. We are looking for four Italian American idols! The four contestant age groups are: Up to 8 years; 9 to 12 years; 13 to 17 years; 18 and over. To enter the contest, please send a clear video, YouTube link o MP3 of either an Italian song o...

It’s the beginning of summer, which means it’s time once again for the city of Herrin to celebrate it’s Italian culture for a week of Herrin Festa. Organizers say this year they will have all the standards; like concerts, the Miss Herrin Fest Pageant, a golf tournament, and a whole lot more. In total, there are around three dozen events throughou...

The Comboni Missionaries will commemorate the second anniversary of the death of the Rev. Angelo Biancalana with a 6 p.m. Mass in the chapel of the Comboni Mission Center in LaGrange Park. (708-354-1999) Rev. Angelo was born in Italy, moved to the Chicago area in 1951, and was ordained on May 25, 1958. Following that, he did missionary work among N...

As a girl growing up in Tuscany, Lida Allegrini harvested wild berries and dipped her net into a stream to catch minnows to fry for dinner. She washed her clothes in the river near her hometown of Colognora di Compito. She was 7 when she first met her father. He was in Chicago, where he’d immigrated ahead of her and her mother and started a wholesa...

A popular and tasty fundraiser for the Penrickton Center for Blind Children is returning to Wyandotte for its 13th year. Hosted by the Downriver Italian American Club, “A Taste of Italy” features a sampling of Italian food from 6 to 8 p.m. May 22 at the Bentley Banquet Center (formerly the Downriver Italian American Club Hall), 646 Biddle Ave. Ital...

When: Monday, June 3, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 Join us for a special Sardinian wine tasting and degustation of local products from Sardinia. Oenologist Clara Orban (and Professor at DePaul University) will lead us on this exciting culinary journey. This event is open...