Celebrating Italian-American Heritage Month

“After arriving on the ancestral soil, I figured out pretty quickly why that [Italian] heritage swamps all competition. It’s a culture that sweeps you in, sits you down in the kitchen, and feeds you so well you really don’t want to leave.” — Barbara Kingsolver

Throughout October, Carthage is recognizing the contributions and achievements of Italian-Americans and embracing Italian heritage and culture.

Italian-American Heritage Month was first celebrated in 1989 with a proclamation of the United States Congress and President George H. W. Bush.

Italian-American Heritage Month is commemorated every October to acknowledge the esteemed accomplishments and successes of Italian immigrants and Italian-Americans.

Today, Italian-Americans make up the fifth largest ethnic group in the United States.