Italian-American literature of the second half of the 20th century described a world divided between generations, often very different from one another. Between two Fatherlands, between opposite perceptions and views of what Italy and America were. It described the American Dream, the eldorado and the fight against prejudice, a desire for integrati...

Sounds like an anomaly, doesn’t it? A “poor man’s banker,” but that’s what thousands of disenfranchised immigrants called the gracious Amadeo Pietro Giannini. His contemporaries referred to him as “America’s Banker.” The son of Italian immigrants, Virginia and Luigi, Amadeo was born on a farm in San Jose, California on May 6, 1870. At 7, he was tra...

It was a goddess that inspired Sunny Bertollini to move to Italy. The 50-year-old herbalist, and her husband, Mark Hinshaw, a 72-year-old retired architect, had been coming to Italy on vacation for years. On one trip, they visited an ancient temple to Salus, a Roman goddess of health and well-being — and Bertollini, who says she has “always been a...

Al via i lavori per l’adeguamento funzionale e tecnologico dell’antico edificio della Commenda di San Giovanni di Prè, dove verrà ospitato il Museo Nazionale dell’Emigrazione Italiana (MEI), che nasce dalla forte volontà di restituire al grande pubblico, nazionale e internazionale, la narrazione di un patrimonio  vastissimo e diversificato come que...

John Carollo grew up in a small town in Sicily before immigrating to Brooklyn at the age of 14. There were no organized sports where he lived, a very small town, but all the boys loved to just kick a ball around together. Upon his arrival in Brooklyn and enrollment in the local High School one year later, he was stunned by the school soccer teams,...

Sunday 03.14.2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PT. The Italian community of San Francisco has been one of the most investigated in Italian American history. Rarely, however, has its experience been examined in relation to the distinctively multiethnic context of the West Coast. Italian immigrants, arriving to California between the late nineteenth and early...

There are almost twenty museums of Italian emigration to America, and another one has recently been inaugurated. It is part of a wonderful complex in the US Capital, Washington DC. I am pleased to have Francesco Isgrò as guest and protagonist of this interview, President of this wonderful new place that celebrates the Italian American experience an...

NOIAW’s Greater Washington, DC and Rhode Island Regions invite you to join us for an online presentation on the life and work of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), popularly known as “Mother Cabrini,” a determined Italian nun who together with seven other sisters founded a missionary order and at Pope Leo XIII’s request, traveled “not East, bu...

Located on the top, flat part of Verona, Penn. — running parallel to the main street, about one-half mile away — was Second Street where I grew up.  The topography made it special, but more notably, it was all of the hustle and bustle in this mixed Italian, German, Croatian, Irish and Polish neighborhood that made it shine. As youngsters, we put up...

Being an Italian American who holds passports for both countries, grew up in the U.S. and moved to Italy later in life, my thoughts on what it means to be Italian American have evolved over the years. Here is what being Italian American means to me today. Staying connected to my roots while forging ahead to chase my dreams. Our families left Italy...