Becoming American: the Italian Immigrant Experience in Cayuga County
June 9 – September 24, 2017
In creating this exhibit, we collected the stories of hundreds of individual immigrants who came to Auburn to make new lives for themselves and their families. These are personal family stories, as related to us by the children and grandchildren of the immigrants – and, in some cases, by the immigrants themselves. By weaving together the stories of these individuals, we hope to tell the larger story of the mass immigration that came from Italy to Auburn in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
These people changed their lives, and the lives of their descendants, but they also changed Auburn. The city we live in today is richer, in so many ways, from the contributions of the Italians who came here — and became Americans.