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Italian Coloradans

Shaped by the country they left behind, Italian immigrants made their way to Colorado in the late 1850s, spurred by the mining boom.

Upon arrival, they faced many challenges, often living in segregated communities. Despite their struggles, Italian immigrants persevered and prospered, making an impact on the communities they were becoming a part of.

Today Colorado’s Italian American community is experiencing a revival, with members committed to preserving their history. Below are personal histories and rare photographs collected in collaboration with this community.

Check out our recently re-published book Italy in Colorado for more!

You can also see what we have in our online collection at h-co.org/CIAPA

Oyster saloon Trinidad 1900
musicians in Silverton 1926
Il Corriere di Trinidad printing office 1910
Children riding in wagon pulled by goat 1927
Cerrone's Market in Denver, 1986
Italian stonemasons in Denver 1920
Sunshine Laundry in Denver, 1930
Vallero Mercantile in Denver, 1910
Angelina Carpinello baking bread in a dome oven 1940
Pollice's Concert Band of Denver 1915