After a year and a half of being closed by the covid lockdowns and mandates, the House of Italy at Balboa Park in San Diego has resumed in-person meetings. Its next meeting is Sunday, November 21st where Louis Pechi will share his book "I Am Lobo" from the Italian perspective and Megan Rigby will present an SDG&E update on its CARE & EE program.
The House of Italy "...(HOI) plays a major role in maintaining the Italian Americans’ cultural identity. It keeps our unique Italian American heritage alive by helping its members live and remember their heritage, pass it down to the next generation, and introduce it to non-Italians." It is a part of the House of Pacific Relations
International Cottages in San Diego's iconic Balboa Park and grew out of the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. The House of Pacific Relations International Cottages "is a consortium of ‘houses’ representing 32 cultures. The HPR promotes multicultural goodwill and understanding through educational and cultural programs. The park contains historic 1935 Exposition cottages plus 4 newer cottages where HPR member cultures can offer visitors a window to their culture, history and traditions. We are in the process of building 5 new structures that will house 9 cultural units." You can read about the history of the House of Italy here.
The House of Italy's objectives are:
- To Preserve and foster the art and culture of Italy
- To promote a spirit of goodwill amongst all nations
- To extend hospitality to all visitors
- To provide a family atmosphere for its members and guests,
- To sponsor activities and programs throughout the year,
- To inform visitors about Italian organizations in San Diego
- To have fun enjoying Italian cuisine, fine wine and good friends.
Come and visit us on Saturday and Sunday afteroons
in the International Cottage area of Balboa Park
between noon and 5:00 PM.
Or become a member and join us for an Italian family-style
dinner on the third Sunday of the month to have fun and make new friends.