Youngstown

107-year-old Di Muzio Home Still Shelters Descendants

March 2017 | Marisa Facchini
On the lower West Side of Youngstown, OH in the Steelton neighborhood, proudly stands a well-kept, red brick, three-story dwelling that is unique and a possible record holder in this city. 360 Elberen St. bares witness to the history not only of...

Mary Papaolo Facchini: A Successful Life in the Mahoning Valley Nourished by Strong Italian Roots

January 2017 | Marisa Facchini
My mother, Maria/Mary, was born in 1931 in Sulmona, Italy during the Great Depression to parents of very modest means. Actually, her life was not much different from that of her parents or even her grandparents. The house had no running water or...

Louis Adovasio: He Tamed the Mahoning River!

November 2016 | Ben Lariccia
Debiti e decessi per infortuni sul lavoro afflissero spesso la vita dei primi immigrati che trovarono un impiego nei cantieri nella valle della contea di Mahoning. Uno di loro, Louis Adovasio, riuscì, invece, a superare i vincoli e le...

The First Italians in Trumbull County, Ohio

October 2016 | Joe Tucciarone
Nel numero del 5 marzo 1857, il Portage Sentinel annunciò la scoperta di un fossile sul terreno di una fattoria che sarebbe poco dopo diventato il villaggio di Coalburg, nella Contea di Trumbull. La scoperta fu del tutto accidentale,...

Local Students Participate in Culture Display

September 2016 | Ben Lariccia
Each year a unique attraction at the Warren Italian American Festival is the Culture display in a tent in front of the Courthouse. Inside the tent, the Italian flag is displayed in the center and the flags from the 20 regions are around the...

Local Italian American Scholar in Italy

August 2016 | Ben Lariccia
Anthony Dion Mitzel è un caso di “immigrazione inversa”. Docente di lingua inglese e linguistica presso l'Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna a Forlì, è figlio di immigrati italiani negli Stati Uniti....

Dr. Carla Simonini of YSU

July 2016 | Ben Lariccia
Since 2010, Dr. Simonini has been Assistant Professor of Italian at Youngstown State University (YSU). She is a frequent writer and conference presenter on Italian American Studies. Recently, she assumed the position of editor of the journal...

Pope Francis Elevates Youngstown Church to Basilica Status

April 2016 | Ben Lariccia
In 2014, Pope Francis designated Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church a minor basilica. Founded in 1908, this Roman Catholic parish originally served the Italian community of Central Youngstown, OH. In the following interview, La Gazzetta and Pastor...

Jimmy's Italian Bakery and Deli, Youngstown

March 2016 | Ben Lariccia
Not long ago, the Italian American community boasted an array of organizations that fostered the values and customs of "the old country." Many of these institutions are disappearing. Increasingly, people of Italian heritage turn to their Italian...
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