Anthony L. Sarcone – a Real “American Citizen”

Luigi Jacopetti – Des Moines’ Italian Pioneer

Iowa’s Christopher Columbus Monument

Dedication of Columbus Park in Des Moines

The History of the Vittoria Lodge

The History of the Society of Italian Americans

Old St. Mary’s Church in Des Moines


  1. Nicholas Cinquepalmi says:

    I was excited to come across this website. I was born (at home) in Des Moines, Iowa in 1940. My parents were Vito Nicola Cinquepalmi and Antoinetta (Gallo) Cinquepalmi. We lived right across the street from St. Mary’s Church. I went to school at the three room structure that Fr. Dominick Webber maintained. The nuns taught me responses in Latin to the Tridentine Mass which I served as a very young boy. My family was friends with the Comito, Piagantini, Hornbustle, Scalese families (as well as others). My father worked for the Rock Island Railroad and used to walk to/from work every day. I have a photo of myself with Jodie Comito, Lalo Piagantine and others when we made our first Holy Communion at St. Mary’s Church. Father Dominick is also in the photo which I would like to share with you. Please advise where to send it. Thank you.

    Nicholas Cinquepalmi
    5024 Circle Ct. #1009
    Crestwood, Illinois 60445

  2. Lee Arnold says:

    Dear Editor:

    We find we are missing the following issues of IACC Newsletter:
    v. 26 no. 9
    v. 24 no. 5

    Kindly send them to my attention so that our patrons may have the benefit of a full-run of your serial.


    Lee Arnold
    Senior Director of the Library and Collections
    Historical Society of Pennsylvania
    1300 Locust St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Collecting and Sharing the Stories of Pennsylvania