The first Italian stonecutters in Vermont came in the 1880s and worked at the Vermont Marble Company in Rutland. These were skilled marble carvers from Carrara. Italians came to Barre mostly in the period from 1890 to 1910, whereby in 1910, about 14 percent of Barre's population was Italian. During the 1920s Burlington’s Urban Core (the area border...

Migration is an expansive concept with many applications and gradations of meaning. For some, the word is closely tied with parents or grandparents immigrating to the United States from Italy or another country. Others attuned to the natural world think of migration as it reflects the seasonal movements of animals or birds. It carries an entirely d...

For nearly a century and a half, the United States has been renowned as “The Land of Opportunity.” This is where millions of people elsewhere across the globe – seeking a more prosperous and, perhaps, safer life – have settled, and attempt to settle. Tina Calabro’s grandparents were among those immigrants. Pasquale and Agostina Calabro “were among...

In the list of the great Italian excellences who have found their fortune in America, one of the highest level names is that of Arturo Toscanini. A century has passed since an extraordinary event, an exceptional tour that saw him as a protagonist in America together with what would later become the orchestra of La Scala in Milan.  Today there is a...

I don’t remember my very earliest days of living in Madrid with my U.S. Diplomatic Corps family — I was only 3 months old when we moved there. Spanish quickly became my second language, thanks to my encouraging parents and my dear nanny, Felisa, who came to Madrid from Galicia to watch over and care for me for many years. Growing up for three years...

Over the last few months in this column, we have been exploring our Italian heritage from the perspective of our ancestors’ life experiences beginning in Italy and culminating with their arrival in America. In June we imagined what our ancestors’ transatlantic journey was like. In this final segment of the series, we will examine the immigrants’ ex...

Without the pandemic, the 100th anniversary of a prestigious Italian club in California, founded in 1920, would have been celebrated last year: the Colombo Club. The round-figure anniversary called for major celebrations, but we know that 2020 didn't allow for that. There is, however, a book that celebrates the club's history, and this year it will...

First there were hundreds of proposals. Then there were six. Now, a single design has won out to tell the story of Italian immigration to New Haven. Wednesday night, members of the Wooster Square Monument Committee voted overwhelmingly to support Marc-Anthony Massaro’s Indicando la via al futuro (Pointing the Way to the Future) to replace the statu...

During the first half of 2021 membership in the Vermont Italian Cultural Association (VICA) has increased 62% including the addition of fourteen businesses. Virtual events held during the past year have had waiting lists. Most recently a presentation on obtaining Italian citizenship attracted over 130 participants. Senator Patrick Leahy, whose mate...

My journey started in the Fall of 2002 when my oldest daughter, Elizabeth, brought home a new history project from school.  The assignment: “Find out which ancestors came to America and Why.” I knew a little bit about my father’s paternal side, but not much.  By the time I was born, our family was 100% Americanized, though both of my parents were 1...