A ship leaves from Italy to America in April 1912 with hundreds of Italian passengers who are desperate to create a better life for themselves in America. It is the humble beginnings of an Italian American journey. Some are men who have labored since childhood in the fields of the small villages in southern Italy. All […]
Have you ever thought about how life was for your ancestors in Italy? Do you have a dream of someday walking in their footsteps in your ancestral village? Many second and third generation Italian Americans experience a sort of disconnect from the Motherland, as did Shannon Riccio of Milford, Connecticut. That all changed recently, as […]
One of the reasons that people want to explore their heritage is to witness the Italian immigrant experience through the eyes of their ancestors. It is compelling to want to understand what they felt as they packed up their meager possessions and set off for countries that they had only heard about through other people’s […]
In 1968, the Belice Valley earthquake devastated 14 historical centers in Eastern Sicily. Poggioreale Antica was one of many that were destroyed. The natural disaster drastically changed the way the inhabitants lived in the immediate years following the natural disaster. It has also left an irreparable scar on these Sicilian communities. There were 370 deaths, thousands wounded […]
The history of laundry and soap making in Italy is as long and interesting as our Italian Heritage. Running water for many “contadini” in small villages throughout Italy was merely a dream until the 1950’s. For those who did have running water in their homes, the cost of owning a washing machine was unthinkable due […]
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