Sixty-Thousand Sicilians were recruited to work in Louisiana's Sugar Cane fields from 1870-1920. We have started fundraising for a 12' high monument to be placed on a 4' pedestal to honor those whose shoulders we stand on. Fundraising Bricks will line the roses around the monument. Brick Prices: 4" x 8" for $200.00; 8" x 8" for $500.00; 12" x 12" f...

On Columbus Day, Dr. Jill Biden invited approximately 250 Italian-American and Italian Leaders to the White House for a reception to honor contributions of Italian-Americans to America and Italy’s NATO and G-7 Partnerships to America. Attending from New Orleans were Charles Geno Marsala, President of the American-Italian Federation of the Southeast...

On Thursday, Charles Marsala, President of the American-Italian Federation of the Southeast will be at the White House with 30 other national Italian-American Leaders as a guest of First Lady Jill Biden. Ms. Biden’s heritage is Sicilian from the Messina Region. For the second consecutive year, the White House’s Columbus Day Proclamation has acknowl...

The City Council of New Orleans awarded a grant of $10,000.00 to a Committee of Fifty appointed by the mayor that purchased Winchester rifles to conduct the massacre. In 2019, Mayor Cantrell acknowledged the role the City Government of New Orleans played in the massacre and recognized the contributions of Italians to the city of New Orleans. The ev...

The American-Italian Federation of the Southeast is hosting a film festival August 5th from 3-7pm at WYES. Four films - each 30-minutes in length will be shown with Q&A to follow each film. Patron’s Party includes Sicilian Wine tasting from 3-4pm. Chef Andrea has donated a copy of his book "La Cucina di Andrea's" for patrons. Tickets can be purchas...

Italian Film Festival: August 5th at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center in Metairie, LA. Featured Films: “Who Killa da Chief?” Solving the murder mystery that led to the 1891 massacre of 11 Italians and the expansion of Columbus Day; “Italian-Americans: Transatlantic Aviators and Transformative Immigrants” Colonel Francesco de Pinedo’s 1927 Trans...

Louisiana native Charles Marsala has done a lot to promote the history of Italian life in the Bayou State.  From creating hours of documentary videos to a mobile app that provides a free walking tour of over sixty Italian American points of interest in and around the Crescent City, the President of the American Italian Federation of the Southeast n...

My mother's father's father, Francesco Bruscato of Vicari Sicily, came to America twice. Once at age 18 in 1900 through Ellis Island in steerage with his 15-year-old sister, and a friend whose last name was Zagone. There were 1,300 other Sicilians on the boat pictured. He arrived in America with $4.00 to get from New York to Clarks, where his spons...

Donations have launched our Fundraising Campaign to erect the 16' High Monument to the Sicilian Sugar Cane Harvester. Please Place Your Order Here. Sixty-Thousand Sicilians were recruited to work in Louisiana's Sugar Cane fields from 1870-1920. We have started fundraising for a 12' high monument to be placed on a 4' pedestal to honor those whose sh...

It was a historic week in Rome and within Vatican City as a delegation of Italian American leaders met with government officials and Pope Francis to advance cultural and religious initiatives — and to set the stage for new economic opportunities — between the U.S. and Italy. The delegation, assembled by Judge Basil M. Russo — who leads The Conferen...