History & culture

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...

…And the Pursuit of Happiness

July 2020 |
The Declaration of Independence declares “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of...

Winemaking is a Bruno Family Tradition

July 2020 |
Il giornalista Al Bruno descrive il suo orgoglio per la produzione vinicola familiare. La sua famiglia originaria di Pratola Peligna, vicino L’Aquila, in Abruzzo. In questo articolo descrive la famiglia e la parentela. I suoi antenati ebbero le...

La Fisarmonica: The History of the Italian Accordian

July 2020 |
Quest’articolo parla della storia della fisarmonica. La prima fabbrica per le fisarmoniche fu a Castelfidardo,  nelle Marche. Dicono che i francesi portarono la fisarmonica in italia. Piano piano, con la rivoluzione industriale, le fabbriche...

The Importance of Italian Winemaking

June 2020 |
Quest’articolo parla dell’arte di fare il vino. L’autore parla della sua famiglia che sta facendo il vino nel XIX secolo in Italia, nella paesino di Pratola Peligna nella regione Abruzzo. Lui dice che non è una sorpresa che l’italia sia conosciuta...
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