Jersey City's Italian Village - Our Common Home will open Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at the Italian Educational and Cultural Center for the Arts (IECC) at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth Street, Jersey City. The Embankment Preservation Coalition, which organized the exhibit, will host a reception in the 2nd Floor Gallery on November 3 from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibit can be viewed through January 31, 2016, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm.
The exhibit features photographs and memorabilia contributed by parishioners at Holy Rosary Church and other residents. Together, these tell a story of Italian immigration to the Village area, the growth of the first parish in New Jersey to serve the needs of Italians, the formation of businesses and social and religious organizations, and their eventual decline as economic and social trends changed the landscape.
The exhibit is an outgrowth of the Coalition's efforts to document the Pennsylvania Railroad Harsimus Branch and the rich history along it.
IEEE is inaugurating its new Italian Heritage Room on November 3. Also on view in the 3rd Floor Gallery is Franc Palaia's Roman Aqueducts in the Landscape.