Throughout the history of the United States, many immigrants have come looking for a better life. While this country can present new opportunities, many immigrants stay grounded to their roots and are proud of their heritages.
This is true for those of Italian descent who have a long history of immigration to this country. Between 1900 and 1915, more than three million Italian immigrants that came to this country. Today, Italian-Americans are one of the largest ethnic groups here and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Philadelphia also has the second largest population of Italian-Americans of any city in the country.
The History of Italian Immigration Museum is located at 1834 E. Passyunk Ave., an area long a hot-spot of Italian immigrants and Italian-centered businesses.
The idea of opening a museum to display the history of Italian immigration was originally suggested by Dr. Pasquale Nestico, founder of Filitalia International. Filitalia International is a non-profit organization located in South Philadelphia which began in 1987 with a goal to promote and preserve the Italian heritage, language and customs.