Senator John Heinz History Center
October 2
10 a.m — 3 p.m.

Practice saying ciao, help kick off National Italian Heritage Month—and if you’re 17 or under—enjoy free admission this Sunday at The Senator John Heinz History Center.

Heinz History Center

Taking place throughout the Strip District museum, Italian Heritage Day boasts five hours packed with events and activities for kids and their extended families of all backgrounds.

While exloring Italian American history and culture, kids can learn basic Italian vocabulary taught by educators from La Scuola d’Italia Galileo Galilei, and enjoy folktales told by staff from Istituto Mondo Italiano.

Want to connect with your own Italian heritage? Learn all about how family trees are made with experts from Roots in the Boot, North Hills Genealogists, Rich Roots Genealogy, and the History Center’s own Detre Library & Archives. Visit with representatives from Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh to record your own family story

What would an Italian celebration be without lots of fantastic food? Savor delicious, authentic Italian cuisine prepared by Common Plea Catering which will be available to buy in the Italian American bazaar. Roll up your sleeves and learn to cook like your tua nonna during cooking demos led by Jeff Horn (Lidia’s Pittsburgh), Chris Fennimore (QED Cooks), Kevin Klos (Pizzaiolo Primo) and Maria Palmieri (Merante’s Gifts).

Head to the Mueller Education Center for lively Italian performances by Le Sorelle di Bacco, Marco Fiorante, Allegro Dance Company, San Rocco Festa Ballabe Band, and I Campagnoli.

Next, channel your inner Michelangelo as you make artwork inspired by the History Center’s archives and collections, and learn how to play the age-old game of bocce.

Intergenerational participation is highly encouraged, so bring along tutta la famiglia!

Founded in 1990, the History Center’s Italian American Program is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Italian Americans in Western Pennsylvania. One of the largest of its kind in the country, the collection houses artifacts, archival materials and oral histories that document the pivotal role Italian Americans have played in shaping our region.

The event is free to children ages 17 and under.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...