History & culture

IAMLA and "Woven Lives: Exploring Women's Needlework from the Italian Diaspora"

March 2022 |
Before the days of TV, internet and other distractions, many women spent time sewing and mending clothing, making lace, cross stitching, embroidering, crocheting, and doing various other needlework. I am lucky to have had a very creative family,...

Finding Culture in Art

March 2022 |
In viewing exhibits at Italian American museums throughout the U.S., visitors can learn about the often-unacknowledged history of Italian immigrants as they struggled to become Italian Americans. From everyday objects to one-of-a-kind handcrafted...

Estate of the Late U.S. Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Endows Heritage Travel Program with $2 million Gift

March 2022 |
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is proud to announce that the estate of the late U.S. Ambassador Peter F. Secchia, who formerly served in Italy, has committed an additional $2 million to endow the Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage...

NIAF to Honor Jerry Colangelo at Arizona Regional Gala

March 2022 |
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is set to honor NIAF Chairman Emeritus Jerry Colangelo at the Foundation’s Arizona Regional Gala in Phoenix on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the iconic Arizona Biltmore Hotel, a Waldorf Astoria...

Young Street Musicians of the 19th Century: Two Escapees from Child Slavery

February 2022 |
L’articolo racconta la storia di Bernardo Roselli. Fu un ragazzino di 8 anni quando arrivò negli Stati Uniti dall’Italia. Era controllato dal suo padrone, Saverio Gallo. Rosselli arrivò da bambino per lavorare. Per due anni, dovette suonare il...

Bella Ciao

February 2022 |
It is easy to make me cry. I know it is not considered manly to cry. Men must be stoic, steely-eyed, bulwarks against all that life has to throw at them, but I am a crier. Music really does it to me. If the right song catches me in the right way,...

Roman Kisses

February 2022 |
In modern Rome (and most Italian cities for that matter), it is very common for the enamored to express their love by kissing in public. Witnessing a couple romancing while standing next to the column of an ancient portico, sitting on the steps of...

Make it a Movie (Part II)

February 2022 |
Italian American history is fascinating, but little is taught about the path Italian immigrants traveled as they became Italian Americans. By the mid-18th century, Italian traditions were blending into the culture of America, slowly becoming...

Clelia’s Big Italian Feast

February 2022 |
In 2008, after raving about my mom’s cooking, “Il miglior ristorante é la Mamma,” as I would say, one of my clients flew her out to Los Angeles to do a weekend cooking class, all expenses paid. “Clelia’s Big Italian Feast,” was an interactive...
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