December 3, 2009
added for the Jacuzzi Family, Robert Mondavi, Antonio Pasin, Jeno Paulucci, Leonard Riggio, and Anthony Rossi. All listed
for the 2009 list of Thirty-One Days of Italians has ended. Results are being tabulated and names will be announced soon.
2009 Vote for Thirty-One Days of Italians
starts June 15th.
April 30, 2009
April 20, 2009
Biography for John N. LaCorte, responsible for the naming of the Verrazzano Bridge.
March 26, 2009
Start of six-week feature on radio show, "How to Tour Italy," hosted by Anthony Capozzoli.
March 25, 2009
Expanded bio and new resources added
for Dr. Maria Montessori and Filippo Mazzei.
March 23, 2009
bio and new resources added for Father Michael Accolti.
November 24, 2008
Thirty-One Days of Italians
now has non-profit status through a fiscal sponsorship. All contributions are tax deductible.
Short bio and resources
for Francesco Vigo have been added. New resources for Charlie Siringo.
September 24, 2008
Support Italian American History in public schools. Ideas for Lesson Plans have been added.
Index of Names has been added. Now it's easy to find any name in Contributing to America.
Ideas for Lesson Plans are in progress.
September 3, 2008
new information about a historic setting for the Italian American doll.
August 21, 2008
first two Italian book reviews have been added.
Expanded bios and new links added
for Andrea Palladio, Constantino Brumidi, Domenico Ghirardelli, and Ernest and Julio Gallo.
More names added.
The Literary section now includes Helen Barolini, John Ciardi, Pietro di Donato, Daniela Gioseffi, and Giovanni Schiavo. Read about
their contributions to Italian American culture and then read some of their books. It's been said that reading the works of
Italian American authors will help preserve our heritage and culture.
Thirty-One Days of Italians is evolving. To make it easier to navigate Contributing to America, the categories have been grouped on separate pages. The list will remain open for nominees. The same applies
to the list of those Contributing to the World, and accomplishments will be added as time permits.
Let’s put Italian American Heritage Month on the calendar throughout America and make it a month
of honor and respect for our Italian heritage that will be celebrated all year long.
Web site was created to educate people about the accomplishments of Italians and Italian Americans and to get others involved
in promoting Italian American Heritage Month. We have an amazing culture that must be shared and the goal
of Thirty-One Days of Italians is to broaden knowledge and understanding of our culture. This is a huge
project and, if successful, it will change the way the media portrays Italians and the way the general public views Italians.
2007 was the first
year that Thirty-One Days of Italians was celebrated, and it received a very favorable response from the
Italian American community. Among the milestones:
National Italian American Foundation awarded me a grant for my work in promoting Italian American culture.
Italian Historical Society of America expanded its Web site to include biographies of Italians who have contributed to the advancement of humankind. The Web site
also features the current and some past issues of my e-newsletter, Tutto Italiano.
Days of Italians was featured in the inaugural October/November 2007 issue of In Buona Salute.
from a variety of Italian related Web sites and organizations acknowledged Thirty-One Days of Italians, among
them The Italian American Press, ItaliaUsa.com, The Annotico Report, Italian in Utah, the Christopher Columbus Italian Society, Italian American One Voice Coalition, and ItalianAmericanWriters.com. The Queens Times published the Press Release and the Bluefield Daily Telegraph in West Virginia published
a letter that mentioned Thirty-One Days of Italians.
fifteen of the sixty-two nominees for those Contributing to America were selected Honorary Members. This
list includes Italian and Italian Americans whose contributions have advanced and/or changed American culture. On this list
– and on the first day of Italian American Heritage Month – is the Italian Immigrant, in appreciation
of their journey to America.
June, fourteen nominees were voted to the list of Thirty-One; and a new category was added – Your Favorite Italian,
which is celebrated on the last day of Italian American Heritage Month.