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About Our Order Sons of Italy In America

Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) is the oldest and largest association of American Men and Women of Italian Descent in the United States. The Sons of Italy was founded in New York City on June 22, 1905, by Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro and five other Italian immigrants. Women constitute more than 50 percent (50%) of OSIA’s membership, and the number is growing. Why, then, is our name “Sons of Italy” rather than “Sons and Daughters of Italy?” Because of our history. OSIA was founded in 1905 as “L’Ordine Figli d’Italia,” which is Italian for “The Order Children of Italy.” The name was translated into English in the masculine form (Figli also means sons), and has been preserved as such for name recognition and legacy purposes. The Order Sons of Italy in America is among the largest non-profit fraternal organizations in the United States donating millions of dollars to charitable organizations and youth scholarships. The Order Sons of Italy in America was first established to assist Italian Immigrants to the United States and to encourage and maintain Italian Culture.

Who We Are

We are a national organization of men and women who represent the estimated 26 million Americans of Italian heritage, dedicated to promoting our culture, our traditions, our language, the legacy of our ancestors, and our contribution to the United States and the world. We are sons and daughters, grandmothers and grandfathers. We are corporate executives and we are union members…young students and retirees…teachers and attorneys…doctors and firefighters…brick layers…bakers and musicians…singers…and everything in between. We are philanthropist. We are proud and patriotic Americans of Italian heritage. We exemplify the very best of what it is to be Italian-American.

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