History & culture

Bambi’s Sicilian Mother

May 2022 |
“Mother? Where are you, mother?” If you have seen Disney’s “Bambi,” you know this scene. In the interests of those who haven’t, I won’t go into more detail. That scene, as well as the others between Bambi and his mother, depict a very American,...

The Legacy of Two Remarkable Men

May 2022 |
In the early 1850s, a cottage in Staten Island, NY, became the home of an inventor and a revolutionist. Both born on Italian soil, one lived in the house, the other was a guest. Collectively, their accomplishments ranged from creator to warrior....

The 1960 Rome Olympics

May 2022 |
The 1960 Rome Olympic Games, also known as the SVII Olympiad in Rome, Italy, were spectacular, moving, and memorable. The 1960 Rome Olympics catapulted athletic competition worldwide like never before.The 1960 Games were held from August 25 to...

All’s Fair in Love and War: “The Italian Prisoner”

May 2022 |
Burgundy Bend Press recently announced the release of “The Italian Prisoner,” a work of historical fiction written by Elisa M. Speranza. Set in the Sicilian community of New Orleans’ French Quarter, the novel illuminates a true but little-known...

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...

How Grandma’s Letters Became an Archive

April 2022 |
Dopo l’emigrazione degli italiani negli Stati Uniti, l'abilità di comunicare è diventata molto importante per gli emigrati, per avere corrispondenza con la loro famiglia italiana. L’autrice dell’articolo descrive come aveva aiutato sua nonna...

Easter Traditions

April 2022 |
I do not mean to be irreverent, but Easter Morning strikes me as kind of an epilogue, the final concluding bit in a movie. You know, like in a movie where the villain seems to have won, to have defeated the hero. Then, the good guy comes out of...

Guardian Angels

April 2022 |
Angioletto del mio Dio è una bella filastrocca (nursery rhyme) per bambini che possiamo leggere e far imparare ai bambini, così che possano imparare una bella preghierina in rima che parla dell’angelo custode che, secondo la tradizione cattolica,...
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