ISDA Unveils New Italian American Cultural Library

The library aims to preserve the history of Italian America and share the stories of our community and culture.

This article, written by Bob Batz Jr., appears on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

New library aims to preserve, share stories of the Italian experience in America

Stories of the Italian immigrant experience in America are being saved and shared through a new national historical library in Downtown Pittsburgh.

This storico e biblioteca has a pretty good immigrant story itself.

Its beginnings are housed in a handsomely renovated third-floor room of the Wood Street headquarters of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America, above what’s now Hello Bistro. The national order, with 17,000 members, exists to “celebrate our culture and preserve the traditions our ancestors brought with them from Italy.”

The group’s newly re-elected president, Basil Russo, came over from Cleveland for Friday’s dedication, at which he said, “Our goal is to acquire one of the most comprehensive collections of books, manuscripts and documents nationally that will serve as a resource for not only the Italian-American community, but also for the community at large.”  Read more at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…

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