History & culture

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...

NIAF NCCA Christopher Columbus Essay Contest Now Open

February 2022 |
Sono aperte le iscrizioni per la borsa di studio “NIAF NCCA Christopher Columbus Essay Contest” offerta da NIAF. Quest’anno, alla domanda di partecipazione per la borsa di studio dovrà essere allegato un saggio scritto sull’influenza di Cristoforo...

NIAF and the Italian Scientists & Scholars in North America Foundation Partner to Showcase Excellence of Italian Americans

January 2022 |
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Italian Scientists & Scholars in North America Foundation (ISSNAF), headquartered in Atherton, CA, have partnered to promote the many accomplishments achieved by Italian Americans and...
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