The following news stories from 1938-1939 appeared in the American Citizen, a Des Moines Italian-American newspaper. Thank you to the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa for sharing this resource. The Cultural Center has the entire collection (over 50 years) of the American Citizen on CD – all fully searchable.
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July 15, 1938: Vittoria Lodge holds annual picnic
August 26, 1938: Vittoria Lodge plans second picnic
September 2, 1938: Report on Vittoria Lodge picnic
September 9, 1938: La Vittoria Italiana Represented on Columbus Memorial Committee
September 9, 1938: Melio Tonini represents Vittoria Lodge on Columbus Memorial Committee
September 9, 1938: Societa Vittoria Italiana sponsors successful dance for Columbus Memorial
September 30, 1938: Another dance given by Vittoria Italiana Lodge
October 7, 1938: Memorial Dedication draws record crowd
October 7, 1938: Columbus Memorial Committee accepts final report
October 7, 1938: Bartolomei Brothers sing at Vittoria Lodge Dance
October 21, 1938: Latest contributions to Memorial Fund given
October 6, 1939: La Vittoria moves headquarters to Des Moines
December 8, 1939: Funeral services held for Angelo Carzoli, member of La Vittoria Italiana
December 8, 1939: La Vittoria Italiana holds successful dance in city