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Fun Facts (part 2)

These boards all were placed around the grounds of the Italian Festival of Angels

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Happy Columbus Day

Be Sure to do something that’s Italian American Today! Enjoy the slides Visit our Christopher Columbus page Visit These Websites – Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations www.copomiao.org The National Columbus Education Foundationwww.knowcolumbus.org Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America Commission for Social Justicewww.osia.org/commission-for-social-justice Italian American One Voice Coalitionwww.iaovc.org To Join Us As We Unite Italian Americans Across The United States, Visitwww.italianamericaonline.com Christopher Columbus page

CultureItalian Heritage Month

Fun Facts

PART 1 These boards all were placed around the grounds of the Italian Festival of Angels

CultureItalian Heritage Month

Venice – Carnival

Carnival is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends on Shrove Tuesday also known as (Martedi’ Grasso or Mardi Gras), with the Christian celebration of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday forty days before Easter . The festival is famed for its elaborate masks.

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The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy

Our Lodge is one of Hundreds of Local Lodges Nationwide! National Sons and Daughters of Italy Originally called Oridine Figli d’Italia, the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA) was established in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York City on June 22, 1905, by Vincenzo Sellaro, M.D., and five other Italian immigrants who came to the United States during the great Italian migration (1880-1923). Their aim was to create a support system for all Italian immigrants that would assist them with becoming U.S. citizens, provide health/death benefits and educational opportunities and… Continue Reading…

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The Garibaldi Meucci Museum

The Garibaldi Meucci Museum is owned and Operated by the Sons and Daughters of Italy Foundation® and administered by the Grand Lodge of New York, OSDIA® since 1919.  Click Here to Visit Garibaldi Meucci Museum Website The Mission-…an Italian-American Cultural Heritage Center To collect, hold, own, maintain, preserve, and exhibit historical objects and artifacts relating to the lives of General Giuseppe Garibaldi and Antonio Meucci; promote an understanding of Italian-American heritage and a positive image of Italian-Americans; conduct educational, cultural, and artistic programming designed to eliminate ethnic and racial prejudice for… Continue Reading…

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A Story about Connecticut Italians

By Wethersfield Historical Society An 1868 article in the New Britain Record matter of factly reported “a few Italian musicians parading the city’s streets.” The newspaper’s comments signaled the presence of a new immigrant culture, even though only 117 Italians lived in the state then and a mere 879 a decade later. Few could have anticipated the dramatic increases in Italian immigration to Connecticut over the next four decades. As the nineteenth century ended, thousands of Italians entered Connecticut from small Italian villages, especially south of Rome. The Sicilian towns Catania,… Continue Reading…

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Ellis Island

In the 35 years before Ellis Island opened, over eight million immigrants arriving in New York had been processed by State officials at Castle Garden Immigration Depot in lower Manhattan. The Federal Government assumed control of immigration on April 18, 1890 and Congress appropriated $75,000 to construct America’s first Federal immigration station on Ellis Island. The first Ellis Island Immigrant Station, opened on January 1, 1892. Built of wood, it was completely destroyed by fire on June 15, 1897. Both Buildings are pictured here. Ellis Island was the gateway for… Continue Reading…

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FESTA DEL GRILLO

Cricket Festival There was a time, prior to 1999, when the people of Florence believed that the song of the cricket would bring their household good luck. In Spring the Festa del Grillo or the cricket festival was held. A market was formed at the Cascine Park where crickets were sold in colorful, hand woven cages. According to tradition if a man decorates his beloved’s doors or windows with flowers and gives her a cricket, luck would favor him in love. For days leading up to the festival children would… Continue Reading…

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Early History – Italians in New Haven

Mass migrations to America in the 1880’s changed the Yankee flavor of New Haven forever. New arrivals began to outnumber the inhabitants of British stock for the first time in New Haven’s history. The earliest known Italian inhabitant of New Haven was William Diodate, who lived here from 1717 to 1751. The next recorded Italian residents were Venetian Jews. Ezra Stiles. Her diary reported their arrival in an entry on September 13, 1772. Almost a century passed before records showed a real beginning of an Italian settlement in New Haven.… Continue Reading…

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