Welcome to the Italian-American Heritage Society of Notre Dame / Michiana

Welcome to the new website of the Italian-American Heritage Society of Notre Dame / Michiana! The IAHS celebrates the proud Italian heritage of its members in South Bend and north central Indiana.

Recent News and Upcoming Events

Dear Members:     

This year marks the end of the term for our current President, Rosemary Mandrici and new officers will be elected at the annual banquet.  Rosemary did an excellent job for us, and was instrumental in working with Nancy D’Antuono on updating and improving our scholarship program, and we thank them both for their service.  Speaking of which, this year we will reach a milestone in our scholarship program when we will have awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships.

            On another matter, many of you are aware of the fleeted attempt to do away with Columbus Day in the City of South Bend.  I did have the opportunity to explain to the councilman who initially promoted this idea that Columbus Day has become a focal point for celebrating the contribution of Italian-Americans to our great Country.  For now, the proposal has been withdrawn.  It is important for us to continue to make our presence known in this community through your continued support and participation in our activities.


Annual Banquet 

The annual banquet will be on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at the Mishawaka Columbus Club  114W. 1st Street,  Mishawaka, IN  46544 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Please RSVP as soon as you can by submitting the RESERVATION_FORM.pdf. The dinner is an included benefit for our dues paid members and a guest.  To help underwrite the dinner, we ask you to consider making a contribution toward the cost of the dinner.  We plan to present the Columbus Award at this banquet, so please give us your nominations.

Annual Dues

Please submit annual dues even if you are unable to come to the banquet.


Please go to the bottom of the membership page and click on the link to be added to our mailing list.  We are still building this database.

Golf Outing 

The annual golf outing is scheduled for Monday, June 13, 2016, at Morris Park Country Club. Thank you to Joseph Fragomeni, Jr., and his committee for the great job they continue to do on this premier event.

Ferragosto Picnic 

This year's picnic date will be in August again. A mailing will be sent as the date approaches, and an announcement will be posted on the web page. Please keep your eyes open for this.

Scholarship and Endowment  

Thanks to the generosity of so many people, we awarded 15 scholarships to local high school students last spring. Our Scholarship program has now awarded $196,000 in scholarships to local students going to college.  Special thanks go to each and every one of you who has contributed to this program.

Columbus Award 

Please submit your nominations for the Columbus Award to recognize local Italian Americans who have demonstrated leadership, vision, courage, and service to community.  A list of past winners has been provided on the nomination form. We plan to present one or more of these awards at our annual banquet.

Hope to see you all at the annual dinner!


Peter J. Agostino
Executive Director