Origins with The Order of the Sons of Italy
Established July 29, 1924, we are proud to be part of the Order of Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) which was started in Little Italy, New York in June of 1905. OSIA was the idea of Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro and five other immigrants from Italy who came to the United States during the Italian migration of the 1890's and early 1900's.
OSIA has been involved in promoting immigration legislation, assisting in the assimilation process, supporting cooperation of trade and diplomatic relations between the US and Italy, initiating social and fraternal events, encouraging educational achievement through scholarships, serving local communities through a variety of cultural events and fundraising for local charities, and providing low-cost group financial investments and insurance programs for the benefit of members nationwide.
Today, OSIA is the oldest, largest, and most demographically diverse association of American men and women of Italian descent. Since the organization's beginning, men and women share equal status, as do individuals of all ages and professions. We encourage the study of the Italian language and culture in American schools and universities, the preservation of Italian-American traditions, culture, history, and heritage, and the promotion of closer cultural relations between the United States and Italy.