The History Center has a number of objects in its collection brought to the United States as a result of an individual or family’s
migration. The items transported during immigration varied and were limited to what migrants could pack or carry on their journey.
Some things were functional, others sentimental, and everything served as a reminder of the life left behind in the homeland. In the Italian American Collection, we have many examples including clothing, embroidery, linens, devotional items, tools, and trinkets. At the end of 2019, we acquired another family collection that crossed the ocean by steamship with a story unlike any we had previously documented.