Italian American Heritage Preservation

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The Italian American Heritage Preservation section is dedicated to Italian people who have immigrated to this great country and who made considerable contributions and sacrifices in making this country what it is today. Each story is unique, each story is filled with hope, struggles and dreams and each story should be told.

That’s why this section has been created. To tell the stories of Italian-Americans who came here with nothing but the hope of building a better life for their families.

Tell us about your family. How they settled here , where they settled. What part of Italy did they come from? Tell us about their hopes, their struggles and their dreams. Here’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on your ancestry and preserve those memories that can not be re-lived except in our minds. Leave something for other generations of your family to reflect on and learn who they really are and where they came from. Our Italian American Heritage is important. Let's preserve it.

Italian American Heritage Preservation

Stories written could be either one paragraph or one page. If not an immigration story, a special family moment is fine. A wedding story, or a baptism or communion story, a special dinner story or an accomplished family member story. Any memory that brings a smile to your face.

It's free and easy to do. Just fill out the form below adding your story and any photos you have. The page will be edited and automatically created on our site.

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Phillip J. Speciale

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Sogno d'America 
My family's dream of America began in the aftermath of World War I, during the rise and persecution of sociofascist Benito Mussolini. Unfortunately, the …

They went everywhere per the records 
My family came directly to Brooklyn from several small towns North of Naples in Italy around 1900: Pomigliana d'Arco, Acerra, Sant' Anastasia and others. …

The Sicilian Voyage  
My Grandmother and Grandfather came from Alia, Sicily. Where she met my grandfather at age 15 on her orange and lemon grove property , He was a worker …

Grandpa's journey and life in La'Merica 
My grandfather was born in a Sicilian hill town called Nicosia in 1880.Good work was hard to come by for unskilled laborers in Sicily in those days so …

The joy of growing up ITALIAN 
I am not the author of this but this is the way it was when I was growing up in Norristown, Pa. and I would like to share it with all of you. Don Augustine …

My Nani invented it .... 
Nani invented it….. What’s old is new again. When you visit those fancy Italian restaurants and the bottle of olive oil and parmesan cheese grace the …

The DeGirolamo Story 
My grandfather, Giuseppe DeGirolamo, was born in Faeto, Foggia, in 1892. At the age of 13, he left Italy to find work in America. His first job was …

La Famiglia di Bianchi 
“I you cousin. You come here.” This is what the Italian-accented woman said when she called me in response to a letter I had mailed to potential relatives …

Leaving Trentinaria for New York City Not rated yet
There was a wealthy landed family who had a daughter with democratic ideas in Trentinaria, Salerno, Italia. She loved her maid and refused to eat in the …

Sicilian/Irish Melting Pot Not rated yet
Hello My Maiden Name is Monica Foran (Irish) but my Mom's Mom (Noni) was 100% Sicilian Her name was Sebastiana LaRosa born in Palermo,Sicily came to Brooklyn …

Sunday a Italian American home Not rated yet
We would wake up to the smell of garlic and onions frying in olive oil......Sundays we always had "gravy" with macaroni..... My mother would be frying …

The Life of Adua Cariello  Not rated yet
Adua Cariello, born in 1938 in the mountains of Italy, lived in Saint Angelo de Lombardi. Her father, Vincezo Castellano, was a mason who served in the …

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For all my friends in Wisconsin there is a great Italian- American organization which helps promotes and preserves our heritage. Wisitalia’s mission is to promote and encourage the teaching of the Italian language, and the culture of Italy, in Wisconsin's primary and secondary schools, as well as in its post secondary colleges and universities and to educate the general public about the Italian language and culture. Please visit them at
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