Thirty-One Days of Italians
Prior Updates
Thirty-One Days of Italians
2016-17 List of Names
2015-16 List of Names
2014-15 List of Names
2013-14 List of Names
Italian American History
Ideas for Lesson Plans
Index of Names
Contributing to America
Contributing to the World
Honorary Members
Italian Book Reviews
The History of Italian Immigrants
Celebrate Italian American Heritage Month
Promote Italian American Heritage
Italian American Doll
Con Amore
2012 List of Names
2011 List of Names
2010 List of Names
2009 List of Names
2008 List of Names
2007 List of Names
Sponsorship Levels
Sponsors and Supporters
Fiscal Sponsor
Prior Updates


December 3, 2009
New resources added for the Jacuzzi Family, Robert Mondavi, Antonio Pasin, Jeno Paulucci, Leonard Riggio, and Anthony Rossi. All listed in Business.
November 11, 2009
Video lecture about Italian immigrants, their journey and struggles, and negative stereotypes added to The History of Italian Immigrants.
October 11, 2009
Updated biography and resources added for Christopher Columbus.
October 5, 2009
September 21, 2009

September 9, 2009
Updated bio and new resources for Giovanni da Verrazzano.
September 2, 2009
August 30, 2009
Updated resources for Enrico Caruso and updated bio and resources for Father Joseph Cataldo.
August 19, 2009
Updated resources for Enrico di Tonti.
August 16, 2009
Voting for the 2009 list of Thirty-One Days of Italians has ended. Results are being tabulated and names will be announced soon.  
June 18, 2009
Updates and new resources added for Fred Deluca and Giorgio Santelli.
June 11, 2009
Book Reviews added. My Cousin the Saint and Eat Smart in Sicily.
June 5, 2009
2009 Vote for Thirty-One Days of Italians starts June 15th.
Biographies for Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and the founder of Planters Peanuts, Amedeo Obici
April 30, 2009
Updated resources for Frank Capra, Amadeo Pietro Giannini, and Frank J. Zamboni. 

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

Expanded 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.


November 7, 2008

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.


September 22, 2008

Index of Names has been added. Now it's easy to find any name in Contributing to America.


September 8, 2008

Ideas for Lesson Plans are in progress.


September 3, 2008

See new information about a historic setting for the Italian American doll.


August 21, 2008

The first two Italian book reviews have been added.


August 11, 2008

Expanded bios and new links added for Andrea Palladio, Constantino Brumidi, Domenico Ghirardelli, and Ernest and Julio Gallo.


May 2008

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.


April 2008

Thirty-One Days of Italians is evolving. To make it easier to navigate Contributing to Americathe 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.


This 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.



Previous Notes

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:


The National Italian American Foundation awarded me a grant for my work in promoting Italian American culture.


The 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.


Thirty-One Days of Italians was featured in the inaugural October/November 2007 issue of In Buona Salute.


Representatives from a variety of Italian related Web sites and organizations acknowledged Thirty-One Days of Italians, among them The Italian American Press,, The Annotico Report, Italian in Utah, the Christopher Columbus Italian Society, Italian American One Voice Coalition, and 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.


In March, 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.


In 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.

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