ISDA Celebrates 90 Years of Italian American Growth and Pride

Dec 24, 2020 434

It all began in the 1920s when Pittsburgh’s Italian immigrants started forming lodges so members would be able to help one another in times of need. With no government programs to assist people when the bread winner unexpectedly lost a job, or worse yet died, the immigrants could only look to one another for help.

The meager dues the immigrants were able to pay enabled the lodge to help put food on the table or cover the burial expenses of its less fortunate members. These early lodges were affiliated with the Order Sons of Italy.

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