Ben Lariccia

Ben Lariccia, contributing writer, Youngstown, Ohio

Letters from the Old Country

November 2022
Many Italian immigrants were in regular contact with their families and others back home. The desire to maintain strong ties with the old country prompted a steady stream of letters that only stopped with WWII. In that conflict, the prolonged...


Letters from the Old Country by Ben Lariccia

October 2022
Many Italian immigrants were in regular contact with their families and others back home. They wanted to maintain strong ties with the old country and its traditions and beliefs. Devotion to the saints formed an important part of their lives, as we...


Youngstown Italian American Architect P. Arthur D’Orazio

October 2022
Questo riassunto è di un’intervista de ‘La Gazzetta’ a Joel D’Orazio  sul padre di Joel, Pasquale Arthur D’Orazio, un architetto molto rispettato a Youngstown. Joel parla delle origini italiane di suo padre ed anche della sua educazione. Joel...


Letters from the Old Country

September 2022
Many Italian immigrants were in regular contact with their families and others back home. The need to maintain strong ties with the old country and support family members prompted them to send money, either by including dollars with their...


Letters from the Old Country by Ben Lariccia

August 2022
Many immigrants were in regular contact with their families back home. Separated by the Atlantic Ocean, engaged couples arranged plans for their wedding to take place either in the United States or in the paese. But none of the planning was...


Letters from the Old Country

July 2022
Many immigrants were in regular contact with their families back home. Those who were illiterate had people who wrote for them. In the case of a close relative’s death overseas, a letter of expressing condolences was necessary, especially due to...


Letters from the Old Country

June 2022
Many immigrants were in regular contact with their families back home. Those who were illiterate had people who wrote for them. Families overseas often communicated the sad news of a loved one’s death with the use of stationery edged in...


Letters from the Old Country by Ben Lariccia

May 2022
Many immigrants were in regular contact with their families back home. Those who were illiterate had people who wrote for them. Correspondence from Italy was often read aloud to the entire family. Letters could contain money or a reference...


Letters from the Old Country by Ben Lariccia

April 2022
Many immigrants were in regular contact with their families back home. Those who were illiterate had people who wrote for them. Correspondence from Italy was often read aloud to the entire family. Letters could contain money or a reference to a...


NIAF Creates Innovative Affiliate Organization Program

April 2022
NIAF è un'organizzazione nazionale per gli italo-americani. Per diventarne membro, c’è una tassa annuale di $1,500. Con l'appartenenza a questa organizzazione ci sono vari vantaggi. Per esempio, NIAF è affiliato con Perrillo Tours, un’agenzia che...


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