Tag: Christopher Columbus

SF Supervisor Stefani wants indigenous people, Italian Americans to share day

SF Supervisor Stefani wants indigenous people, Italian Americans to share day

| March 1, 2018

San Francisco stripped the name of Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer, from his commemorative day in October. But that doesn’t mean the city’s Italian Americans should stop holding their annual parade in North Beach, where the floats putter up Columbus Avenue as bystanders wave flags and cheer. On Tuesday, Supervisor Catherine Stefani offered a compromise: […]

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Italian-Americans want to make Columbus statue a landmark

Italian-Americans want to make Columbus statue a landmark

| February 19, 2018

A coalition of Italian-American groups are trying to thwart Mayor de Blasio’s bid to alter the Christopher Columbus statue at Columbus Circle by asking a city commission landmark it. Last month, Hizzoner said the statue would soon be joined by historical markers that tell the fuller story of the explorer, warts and all. But that plan doesn’t […]

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What We Lose When We Take Down Statues of Men Like Columbus

What We Lose When We Take Down Statues of Men Like Columbus

| February 10, 2018

“It’s sad that a man who most Americans once recognized as the seed-planter of their civilization has been so unceremoniously cast aside. There was a time when Columbus was a nearly universally revered figure in the Americas, a man who stood for the bold, entrepreneurial spirit of the New World. Columbus was a hero for […]

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San Jose City Council Votes to Remove Christopher Columbus Statue

San Jose City Council Votes to Remove Christopher Columbus Statue

| February 1, 2018

The San Jose, Calif. City Council voted to remove a statue of explorer Christopher Columbus from the City Hall lobby after hours of contentious debate. “It’s kind of a setback in our culture. Columbus is renown throughout the world, not just in Italy,” said Tony Zerbo with the Italian American Heritage Foundation. “Italian Americans here, […]

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San Francisco Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day

San Francisco Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day

| January 24, 2018

“To take our day away is an insult to our culture,” said Guido Perego, president of the Italian Athletic Club in the city’s traditionally Italian-American North Beach neighborhood. “The city is basically pitting one culture against another.”The board voted 10-1 to make the change on Tuesday.San Francisco is not alone. Four states and 55 other […]

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Viewpoint: What Columbus means to Italian Americans | Opinion 

Viewpoint: What Columbus means to Italian Americans | Opinion 

| January 20, 2018

As a first generation Italian-American, to me and to many like me, Christopher Columbus represents the idea that you can voyage far away from home, and with a dream, and perseverance and sacrifice, and faith and hard work, you can find a better life and enjoy the freedom with which we are blessed to have […]

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POTUS Proclaims October 9, 2017, as Columbus Day

POTUS Proclaims October 9, 2017, as Columbus Day

| October 6, 2017

COLUMBUS DAY, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION   Five hundred and twenty-five years ago, Christopher Columbus completed an ambitious and daring voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. The voyage was a remarkable and then-unparalleled feat that helped launch the […]

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Presidential Proclamation — Columbus Day, 2015

Presidential Proclamation — Columbus Day, 2015

| October 11, 2015

  “Columbus’s arrival in the New World inspired many and allowed for generations of Italians to follow — people whose Italian-American heritage contributes in immeasurable ways to making our country what it is, and who continue to help strengthen the friendship between the United States and Italy.”   BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES […]

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Government Shutdown Not Stopping National Columbus Day Celebrations in Washington, DC

Government Shutdown Not Stopping National Columbus Day Celebrations in Washington, DC

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

The National Columbus Celebration Association has announced that the annual ceremony will be moved from its traditional site at the Columbus Memorial Plaza at Union Station to the Casa Italiana Christopher Columbus courtyard adjacent to Holy Rosary Church, the national Italian parish.  The Columbus Memorial across from Union Station remains closed due to the federal […]

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Columbus Day 2012 a Proclamation, by the President of the United States of America

Columbus Day 2012 a Proclamation, by the President of the United States of America

| October 7, 2012 | 22 Comments

Washington, October 5, 2012 As dawn broke over the Atlantic on October 12, 1492, a perilous 10-week journey across an ocean gave way to encounters and events that would dramatically shape the course of history. Today, we recall the courage and the innovative spirit that carried Christopher Columbus and his crew from a Spanish port […]

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