Here are Ann and Gina to help us celebrate!
National Italian American Heritage Month
Celebrate the many achievements and successes of Italian Americans
Every year the U.S. president signs an executive order designating the month of October as National Italian American Heritage Month. Coinciding with the festivities surrounding Columbus Day, the proclamation is recognition of the many achievements, contributions, and successes of Americans of Italian descent as well as Italians in America.
Over 5.4 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 1992. Today there are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent in the United States, making them the fifth largest ethnic group. The country was even named after an Italian, the explorer and geographer Amerigo Vespucci. One way to celebrate Italian American heritage is with The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Italian History and Culture, which includes the accomplishments and successes of many Italian Americans.
The Italian – Sicilian – American Page
October is Italian Heritage Month
Today we celebrate Carlo Lorenzini, better known under the pen name of Carlo Collodi and even better known for his creation of one of the most beloved children’s character, Pinocchio. Born in Tuscany in 1826, Collodi was a journalist by profession and picked up the pseudo name Collodi after the Tuscan village where he was born. He started writing short children stories that were featured in an Italian newspaper and one of the stories he wrote, “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” was a surprisingly huge success among readers. The story became a book in 1883 and was published in English in 1892. In 1940 Walt Disney took Collodi’s book and made it into a movie. Collodi died in 1890.
Cars, fashion, wine and much more…one thing’s for sure, if it was designed in Italy chances are it’ll be top of the class