History & culture

It’s Complicated

August 2020 |
For me, with Columbus, it’s complicated. I have no problem with the removal of statues that memorialize treasonous Confederate generals or KKK leaders. Columbus shouldn’t be lumped in with those individuals. We’ve celebrated our rich heritage on...

Hon. Fucsia Fitzgerald Nissoli Presents to National Columbus Education Foundation

August 2020 |
The Honorable Fucsia Fitzgerald Nissoli, who represents Italian citizens living in North and Central America in the Chamber of Deputies recently attended a meeting of the National Columbus Educational Foundation board to discuss strategies on how...

The Columbus Letters

August 2020 |
“The Columbus Letters” were published in a four-part series in La Gazzetta Italiana in 2019 and can be found on www.lagazzettaitaliana.com. Search “Columbus Letters.” On his return to Spain, sailing in January and February 528 years ago,...

Five Largest Italian American Groups in the Nation Unite to Defend Columbus

August 2020 |
A new organization is seeking to dispel the myths surrounding Christopher Columbus, and it is being backed by the five largest Italian American organizations in the United States and their millions of members and followers. In the wake of the...

In Awe of Stars and the Moon

August 2020 |
Our family’s matriarch, my mother Clara, will celebrate 91 years of age this December. Mom was at the helm of every holiday and celebration until the last few years where changes necessitated her giving up things she loved. Sadly, sewing, writing,...

Akron Changes Name of Columbus Day to Italian American Heritage and Culture Day

August 2020 |
At the meeting of the Akron City Council on June 29, 2020, the council voted 12-1 to rename the second Monday in October in the City of Akron, OH, “Italian American Heritage and Culture Day” in place of the name “Columbus Day.” This is the...

Christopher Columbus: The Symbol of Italian American Culture

August 2020 |
As cities and organizations around the nation continue to protest and destroy historical monuments, memorials, and statues that depict Confederate leaders, one controversial historical figure has found his way back into the spotlight: Christopher...

Italians Love Their Garlic

August 2020 |
L’aglio, il re del cibo americano-italiano, è il primo sapore che molte persone riconoscono quando mangiano. Nella famiglia Piertraroia, l’aglio è il produtto più importante nella loro cucina ed anche il loro orto. Nel secolo passato, l’aglio fu...

Mythical Italy

July 2020 |
Have you ever run into someone you have not seen in decades? I have. Recently, via social media, I made contact with a childhood friend. We had not seen each other since I was 15. He was an old man; what little hair he had was white and his belly...
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