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Columbus, All Wrapped Up?

October 12, the day Christopher Columbus landed his ships on the island of San Salvador in 1492, is upon us yet again. Here in Pittsburgh, the Columbus monument in Schenley…

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Columbus?

  Newspapers published the “Story of Columbus” as a part of the nation’s celebration of Discoverer’s Day in October 1892. This page from The Scranton Republican is typical of what…

From the Author: New Italian American Collection Book

  Procession in Taverna, Italy, 1936. Gift of Michael Cosentino. Italian American Collection at the Heinz History Center. Thirty years ago, the Senator John Heinz History Center embarked on a…

A Few of our Curators’ Favorite Things

  In 1961, two years after “The Sound of Music” opened on Broadway and four years before the movie was released, Julie Andrews sang the song “My Favorite Things” on…

The Lega Toscana in the 21st Century: A Digital Humanities Case Study

  Pages from the Lega Toscana Meeting Minutes, 1919-1925 The History Center’s Italian American Program maintains working relationships with a number of partner organizations from Pittsburgh’s vibrant Italian American community.…

In Vino Veritas: The Tradition of Winemaking in the Italian American Home

  Mrs. Gallo, Lena Scalise, and Angelo Borelli process food to store for the winter, 1958. Courtesy of Elissa Scalise Powell. Like all immigrants, Italians brought their traditional methods of…

From Cucina to Grocery Store: The Evolution of Pasta-Making in American Homes

  A version of this article appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Western Pennsylvania History magazine. October 25 is World Pasta Day For many people, Italian American culture is…

Quel Mazzolin di Fiori: I Campagnoli and the Italian American Folk Revival

  I Campagnoli marching in a parade in downtown Pittsburgh, 1980s. I Campagnoli Papers & Photographs, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. Gift of Mary Ferro. Musicologist Alan…

Putting Faces to Names: Exploring Italian American Identity with Photo IDs

  As the project archivist for the Italian American Program at the Heinz History Center, I spent the last 10 months organizing, preserving, and providing access to collections that document…

Researching & Writing with the Italian American Program

Bruno Calabro and his mother, Agostina, in May 1943, only days before Agostina’s death. Bruno was on his way from Washington, Pa. to an Army base when he received the…