Dante Alighieri Society of Washington

per la diffusione della lingua e della cultura italiana nel mondo

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Your Door to All Things Italian

We Embrace All Who Enjoy All Things Italian and Desire To Expand Their Knowledge of a Beautiful Country, Its People and Its Language

The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington promotes the Italian language and culture and welcomes all who share those objectives. Each year we present English and Italian programs open to the public, and host the Christmas party and the Annual Wine Dinner featuring wines from throughout Italy. The Society also sponsors an Italian Language program with beginner to expert classes for everyone who wants to learn, improve or perfect their fluency in Italian.

Sign up for our email list here. You will receive news of upcoming events and our monthly newsletter La Voce della Dante.


Please note the new locations of upcoming meetings:

  • The January English and Italian Meetings will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 2702 Broadway E, on the North side of Capitol Hill. Parking is available in St. Patrick's parking lot, off of E. Edgar street.
Pasta Dish

Next English-language gathering:

Wed., January 9, 2019, 6:30 pm
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
2702 Broadway E, Seattle

Pasta Dinner Reservation

Mikala Woodward (Wing Luke Museum) in collaboration with the Rainier Valley Historical Society with discuss "Seattle's 'Garlic Gulch' Italian community.

Seattle's Italian community established itself in the Rainier Valley in the late 19th century and Italian American families and businesses thrived in "Garlic Gulch" through the Second World War. 

Mikala Woodward, former Director of the Rainier Valley Historical Society, will present stories and images of the old Italian neighborhood, and point out traces of it that still remain today. 

The Rainier Valley Historical Society's (RHVS) traveling display about the Italian community in Rainier Valley will also be available at the event. The RVHS has been collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the history of the Rainier Valley since 1893. Their office is located in Columbia City.


Next Italian-language gathering:

Wed., January 23, 2019, 6:30 pm
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
2702 Broadway E, Seattle

More details on the presentation from Prof. Susan Gaylard on Italian fashion will be available later.

Class Site

Next Italian language class series:

Winter Quarter 2019

January 8 - March 14
Registration Due by December 21.

Three learning levels available

Learn More and Register...

Dante Alighieri Member

Become a Dante Member

Join the Fun and Support Dante Seattle through Your Membership. Check out the attached message from our President on reasons to join.

Dues are effective on the calendar year. Make sure that yours are current.

Learn more and apply for membership.

Time to renew your membership

A reminder that it's membership renewal time again. Membership goes from January to December each year and the cost for 2019 is the same as it's been the last few years: $40 for a single membership, $50 for a family. Membership is open to anyone who supports the objectives of the
organization. We embrace anyone who supports our mission to encourage the enjoyment of Italian language and culture.

Your membership enables the Society to:
  • Present 7 English and 6 Italian programs each year, and host the Christmas party and the Festa di Natale per i Bambini
  • Publish our La Voce monthly newsletter, and maintain our website free to all
  • Offer an Italian Language program with beginner to expert classes for everyone who wants to learn, improve or perfect their fluency in Italian
  • Support Italian-themed community events such as Festa Italiana and the SIFF Cinema Italian-style film festival

  • Dante memberships and donations are tax-deductible
  • Your Dante Society card provides discounts at some attractions in Italy
  • Opportunity for free tickets SIFF's Cinema Italian-style film festival
  • Come to our annual members and guests only wine dinner

And this year it's even easier to renew (or to join). Check out our online renewal options here.

La Voce della Dante is taking the month of December off. Linda Heimbigner, our fearless editor, is looking for articles for future issues. Dante Society members are encouraged to contact Linda with ideas or stories of their travels to Italy or other Italian-themed articles. 

Special Announcements and Events:

  • Seattle Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street from January 12 - 26, 2019. Information about the performance and tickets are available on the Seattle Opera's website.

  • The long time home of the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington (DAS), the Beacon Hill Garden House, has been sold.  The November and December English Meetings (there are no Italian meetings those two months) will be held at the St. James Cathedral Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia Street on First Hill.  See Gatherings Page for a map.

    DAS has been holding meetings at the Garden House for more than forty years. DAS is exploring alternative venues for the remainder of this program year.

  • Biblioteca Italiana Seattle (BIS), a library of Italian language literature is maintained by Il Punto! The library includes the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington's collection. Membership for BIS is free and users can borrow books at no charge. Library books can be picked up by visiting BIS at 14300 Greenwood Ave N on Sundays between 2 and 4pm, with the help of a volunteer. Learn more.

  • Check out Italian Talk Radio, Mondays, 4:00pm - 5:00pm. You can find it in Seattle on KKNW 1150AM, in Tacoma on KLAY 1180AM or online live at 1150KKNW.com. Learn more about NW Italian Talk Radio.

  • The Auburn Bocce Club offers free bocce instructions on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 - 6:00 PM, mid-April through mid-October, weather permitting @ Les Gove Park in Auburn. See auburnbocce.org for more information.

  • DAS Language Program Honored with a Grant for the second year from the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco.