Category Archives: Happenings

Sleuths track down centuries-old copy of letter written by Christopher Columbus and stolen from Vatican

American investigators have tracked down a 500-year-old copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus, describing his first voyage to the New World, that was stolen from the Vatican and replaced with a forgery.   See more here: 

La Parola Scritta – XVI Centuries of Italian Culture in Ink

In honor of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States, this exhibition includes books from the 15th through the 19th century celebrating Italian contributions to printing, poetry, theater, music, geography, mathematics, botany, astronomy, anatomy, law, typography, dance, travel and more. Many of the books in this exhibition are first editions, including the first printed edition of Euclid’s Geometry (Venice, 1482) and Galileo’s Dialogo (Florence, 1632). The reception for this exhibition included hands-on displays of medieval manuscripts and 20th century artists’ books. Those books are included in the online exhibition.


3rd Annual Festa Italiana

Italian-American Civic League of Utah to host 3rd Annual Festa Italiana

Festival to be Held Sept. 16-17 in Downtown Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – April 24, 2017 – The Italian-American Civic League of Utah (IACL) is pleased to announce Festa Italiana, which will be held September 16 – 17 in downtown Salt Lake City.

The 3rd annual festival, which will be located at The Gateway, will provide locals with an authentic Italian Street Festival experience that is prevalent in many other cities across the country. The festival is free admission and open to the public.

Festa Italiana will run from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday. Highlights of the festival include more than a dozen local Italian restaurants serving unique and authentic Italian food, non-stop performances by Italian musical artists, beer and unique Italian wine, and local and Italian artists will also be in attendance displaying their work.   This is a non-profit festival and a portion of this year’s proceeds will go to support Catholic Community Services.

“After visiting Italian festivals in some of the great cities across the country, our organization wanted to bring Italian culture, food and entertainment to the people of Salt Lake,” said Festival Director Nick Fuoco. “It is our goal to give a little taste of what we know as Italian-Americans to everyone who attends the festival.”

Last year’s inaugural festival was an overwhelming success with over 16,000 people in attendance. The change of venue to The Gateway should allow the festival to grow even more.

Festa Italiana is funded in part by residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts, & Parks (ZAP) Program.

For additional information, visit

If you wish to sponsor Festa Italiana, visit


Media Contacts:

Nick Fuoco 801.597.9098


About the Italian-American Civic League

The Italian-American Civic League is a nationally recognized, successful non-profit organization that has been around since 1934.  The league has consistently brought various functions and events to Salt Lake City and the State of Utah for decades.  Comprised of over 200 active members, including a men and women’s chapter, the league participates in civic functions and cultural events such as Italian Day at Lagoon, Living Traditions Festival, and Festa di Colombo, and other national, local charities, and non-profits.  In addition to these events, the league continues to give back to the community.  Each chapter offers scholarships throughout the entire State of Utah, totaling throughout the years an excess of over $100,000.  The University of Utah has also honored the league by requesting publications, documents, and historical archives that highlight the history of the league and its local contributions to the State throughout the past century that can be found in the University of Utah’s Marriott Library.  For more information, visit or follow utahitalians on Twitter.


Relief efforts – devastating earthquake in central Italy

An open letter to all from Mike Homer, Honorary Italian Consul

From: Mike Homer
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2016 9:43 AM
Subject: Donations for Earthquake Relief Efforts


Many of you have made inquiries to my office concerning making donations for relief efforts in connection with the devastating earthquake in central Italy. I have been informed that such donations can be made to the Croce Rossa Italiana at They have a banner for donations on the main page “dona ora.” Although there is no English version donations there can be made via PayPal amongst other methods.



Italian Cultural Activities – Fall 2016

Italian Cultural Activites - Fall 2016 

Comites survey

Elisabetta Ghisini
President, Comites San Francisco


We kindly ask you to fill out the questionnaire included here to help us understand the needs of the members of our community and  spread this questionnaire to all those who believe they are interested in the activities of COMITES and have suggestions.

Click here for survey


The Twelve Left Behind: Italian Prisoners of War in Utah

The Twelve Left Behind
a presentation by Michael W. Homer, Kelly Nelson and Roberto Dal Bosco

Utah State History – Annual Meeting
The Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W 3100 S
West Valley City, UT

Suite B

October 2, 2015
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Mazzini’s name was also known on the high seas

Mazzini getting his due.

From the Financial Times, article written by Andrew D Roberts.

Mazzini FT ecco.pdf

Mazzini more likely to be seated at his desk than on a horse

Article by Michael W Homer

Financial Times

News from the Rare Books Division of Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah

News from the Rare Books Division of Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah

Leonetto Cipriani (1812-1888)
Bologna: N. Zanichelli editore, 1934
First edition
DG552.8 C56 M67 1934