Italian Heritage Day

Italian Heritage Day is an annual program offered by the Senator John Heinz History Center that occurs on the first Sunday of October. The main objective of Italian Heritage Day is to offer fun, interactive activities for families to learn about Italian American history and culture together. All activities, which are facilitated by local organizations and museum representatives, are designed with the whole family in mind; we have arranged them so that tutta la famiglia can play together.

Besides fun family activities, Italian Heritage Day also features local Italian American organizations that offer programming in our region year round. Visit the bazaar to find out where they meet, when they meet, and what aspect of the Italian culture they specialize in. Learn how you can celebrate your Italian heritage every day!

Our goal for Italian Heritage Day is that museum patrons, especially young children, will walk away with questions about their Italian heritage for their family members. When did our family immigrate to America? Who was the first person in the family to come to the United States? Why did they leave Italy? Where did they first settle in Western Pennsylvania? We recognize that children will perpetuate our Italian culture for future generations and that we need to offer platforms for them to experience the rich fabric of Italian American life.

For questions regarding Italian Heritage Day or the Italian American Program, please contact Melissa E. Marinaro at

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