History & culture

The Columbus Letters

September 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.” Sailing back to Spain after his first voyage for the monarchs, Columbus wrote...

History Reevaluated – It’s All Columbus’ Fault

September 2020 |
Quest’articolo tratta della disinformazione sulla storia di Cristoforo Colombo. Ci sono molte persone che dicono che Colombo è responsabile per il genocidio di tanti nativi che già abitavano nella terra nuovo. Ma, quest’articolo smentisce questa...

NIAF Statement on Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day

September 2020 |
NIAF supports Columbus Day and opposes public campaigns that advocate for its elimination as a federal holiday. As an organization devoted to the promotion and preservation of Italian American heritage, we support unequivocally maintaining...

Christopher Columbus

September 2020 |
The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones. It is so easy to attack the dead, to misquote, to misrepresent motive, to manipulate the representation of past events. When the dead lack someone to speak for them...

Bella Ciao: Goodbye Beautiful

September 2020 |
Bella Ciao or “Goodbye Beautiful” is a 19th century Italian protest song that has its origin in the struggle of Italian women from the north of Italy who labored in the rice fields there. The Mondina (from mondare, to clean) women worked in the...

La Sartoria Italiana in the Bespoke Tradition

September 2020 |
L’autrice descrive la bellezza della sartoria italiana. Lei scrive che “la sprezzatura”, è un modo di cucire fatto con meno sforzo, è un’arte approfondita solo dai sarti migliori. Lei spiega la formazione di un vestito e come i sarti cominciano e...

Early Italian Immigrants: A Serviceable Ethnic Group

September 2020 |
In the fall of 1874, a little more than a year after Giovanni Chiesa’s brutal lynching at the end of the Coal Miners’ Strike in Trumbull County, OH, Italian immigrants again lost their lives during a labor dispute. Thousands of immigrants from...

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...
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