Most of Jersey City's Italian Village - Our Common Home, which was exhibited from November 2015 until March 2016 at the Italian Educational and Cultural Center at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, will remain on view indefinitely in the 3rd Floor Gallery.
Organized by the Embankment Preservation Coalition, 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 devoted to the needs of Italians, the formation of Italian businesses and social and religious organizations, and their eventual decline as economic and social trends changed the landscape.
Like the National-Register-listed St. Anthony of Padua Church, the first Polish parish in New Jersey at Monmouth and Sixth Streets, Holy Rosary expanded in parallel with the railroads that segmented the Downtown and in whose interstices Village residents made their homes.
The exhibit is an outgrowth of the Coalition's efforts to document the Pennsylvania Railroad Harsimus Branch and the rich history along it.
Also on the 3rd Floor is the Italian Heritage Room, where furnishings and linens and other objects selected from IECC's permanent collection evoke a typical Italian immigrant household of the 1930s.