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Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month

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Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month
Observed byUnited States
TypeNational, heritage, cultural, ethnic
SignificanceCelebration of Italian-Americans contributions
DateMonth of October

Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month is celebrated by proclamation of the President and Congress in the United States to honor the achievements and contributions of Italian immigrants and their descendants living in the United States, particularly in the arts, science, and culture.[1] Events are held throughout the month celebrating and educating the public about Italian-American history and culture.[2] It was first celebrated in 1989. The heritage month is in October to coincide with Columbus Day, the American national holiday traditionally celebrated on October 12, now celebrated on the second Monday in October. Heritage Months are usually proclaimed by nations to celebrate centuries of contributions by a group to a country.

In tribute to all Italian Americans, the US Congress, by Pub.L. 101–128, designated the month of October 1989 as "Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month." Congress again proclaimed October as Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month for 1990 (Pub.L. 101–460) and 1993/1994 (Pub.L. 103–309).

Within the authority of the Executive Branch, the President of the United States has also issued a proclamation in 1989[3] and 1990[4] by George H.W. Bush, in 1993[5] Bill Clinton, and in 2010[6] by Barack Obama.

See also


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  3. ^ Bush, George H.W. "Proclamation 6045—Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month, 1989". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  4. ^ Bush, George H.W. "Proclamation 6218—Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month, 1990". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  5. ^ Clinton, William J. "Proclamation 6723—Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month, 1994". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  6. ^ Obama, Barrack. "Proclamation 8585—Italian American Heritage and Culture Month, 2010". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 2018-04-13.

External Links

Federal Register search for presidential documents with "Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month"

Website of October Italian Heritage Month organization based in Medford, MA

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