About the Italian-American Society
The Italian American Society of Peoria celebrates 88 years of Italian heritage, culture, and family tradition in 2017.
The Italian-American Society was founded in Peoria, Illinois, on October 5, 1929 by 17 men of Italian descent whose desire was to celebrate their heritage and support the welfare of group members.
Since then, the Society has continued to support this initial goal and become active in supporting education and promoting an appreciation of Italian heritage in central Illinois.
Supporting civic involvement, friendship, and fellowship among all members is an important aspect of the Society. Some of the ways we fulfill this goal are through:
- Monthly Meeting & Dinner
- Visits to Convalescent Members
- Social Activities and Events
- Guest Speakers
- Networking Opportunities
Group outings, events, and activities are organized throughout the year.
- Italian Language Classes
- Cooking Classes
- Dinner Theater Outings
- Chiefs Baseball Outings
- Trips to Other Italian Festas
- Conklin Theater Outings
- Bradley Basketball Outings
- Night at the Opera
- Winery Tours
- Christmas Party featuring Italian music and visits by Santa and La Befana
The Society serves Italian Americans and central Illinois communities through the promotion of education, civic pride, and charitable giving.
- College Scholarships for Students of Italian Descent
- Annual Italian Heritage Day Celebration
- Member of the Peoria Area Cultural Diversity Committee
- World Fest Participant
- Bradley University Spring Culture Night Participant
Support for Peoria Charities:
- Salvation Army Tree of Lights and Bell Ringing
- Peoria Rescue Mission
- Sister's of Charity Soup Kitchen
- Neighborhood House
- Journal Star Red Stocking Fund
- South Side Mission
Society Sponsored Activities/Events
- Annual Summer Festa
- Annual Columbus Day Celebration
- Italian Cookbook Offering
- Bocci Ball Tournament
- Taste of Italy Dinner in the Spring
Italian Language Club
Italian language classes are held at no cost for members of the Italian American Society, and for a fee for those interested in Italian who are not members, in a group setting, on Sundays. Lessons will resume after May of 2017. An informal group will get together at member Marie Taraska's home where attendees will practice Italian through conversation and sometimes a short movie clip. The basics of Italian grammar and pronunciation are covered along with phrases that are useful for traveling in Italy. If you are interested in lessons, please contact the Society through our email address, PeoriaI-ASociety@hotmail.com.