Friday, July 21, 2023

Italy is Woven into the Fabric of Omaha

As we prepare for the 99th anniversary of the Santa Lucia Festival, it may be interesting to look back at this 1974 article which talks about the 50th anniversary of the Festival.

Omaha World-Herald 1974-07-22 page 1

I found this article searching for Joseph Salerno, who was a landlord for many Sicilian immigrants in Omaha. It mentions a boarding house at 6th and Pierce which is where my great grandfather and his brother were residing with their sister's family in the 1910 census.

This image from the 1910 Census shows everyone that was boarding at 6th and Pierce:

The Santa Lucia Hall is at 725 Pierce Street, about a block away from where these people were boarding in 1910.  I hope you will stop by and see us on August 5 and 6 from noon to 5 PM at the Santa Lucia Hall.

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