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La Festa di Santo Stefano: The day after Christmas honors the first Christian saint

By On December 1, 2021

Stained glass at the Bourges Cathedral in France depicts Lucianus finding the tomb of St. Stephen. By Jeanne Outlaw-CannavoThe Christmas season in Catholic Italy focuses on the meaning of the season with… Read More

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A history of disorder at the border

By On October 31, 2021

Trieste and Istria: A tale of Italian territory divided by war By Jeanne Outlaw-CannavoItaly is a country whose borders changed frequently through the centuries as various European rulers claimed or lost regions… Read More

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Surnames and Their Origins – November 2021

By On October 31, 2021

PARENTE – This surname derives from the apheresis of the medieval Italian name Bonparente meaning “good father, good parent.”.The surname Parente is typical in central and southern Italy. There are approximately 2,115… Read More

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At the top of their game

By On October 1, 2021

In the golden age of baseball, Italian Americans led the way By Frank CipparoneGrowing up in postwar America, October delivered three certainties – homework, Halloween candy, the Yankees in the World Series.… Read More

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On the trail of Amerigo Vespucci, noted world traveler

By On October 1, 2021

By Jeanne Outlaw-CannavoMany of us know that our country was named after Amerigo Vespucci even though he did not set foot on what was once referred to as the “New World” until… Read More

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When Italian Americans were ‘enemy aliens’

By On July 6, 2021

By Al Kemp Managing editorThere was a time – and it wasn’t that long ago – when being an Italian in America was practically against the law.“Potentially Dangerous,” a documentary film now… Read More

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Surnames and Their Origins – July 2021

By On July 6, 2021

This month we are deviating from our traditional surname format to answer two questions that have been posed to us by some of our readers. The first and most often asked is… Read More

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Surnames and Their Origins – June 2021

By On May 30, 2021

With this issue we continue with surnames starting with the letter P. PALMIERI – This surname derives from the old French first name Palmiere, derived from Palma; nickname given during the Middle… Read More

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Celebrating Italy’s long journey toward unity

By On March 17, 2021

The Parliament of the Kingdom of Sardinia proclaims Vittorio Emmanuele King of a unified Italy.… Read More

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Pandemic will pass, but heritage is forever

By On July 1, 2020

The oddest shaped houses anywhere in Europe are the Trulli in Puglia. When this crisis has passed, millions of visitors will return to UNESCO sites By Jeanne Outlaw-Cannavo                Through the centuries,… Read More