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Cristoforo Colombo Lodge Archives

MISSION STATEMENT

    The purpose of the Cristoforo Colombo Lodge Archives is to be the custodian of
    historical and cultural materials significant to the diverse Italian communities of the
    West Kootenays, their immigration, their traditions, their heritage, and their
    customs, through:

         Collecting and preserving relevant archival records, photographs, and
            artifacts to the best of our ability;

         Exhibiting this collection in an interpretive and informative manner;

         Providing sound and secure access to our collection to the public;

         Collaborating with the Trail Historical Society in the management of our
            collection.

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

    The Società M.S. Cristoforo Colombo, known locally as the Colombo Lodge, was
    founded in Trail, BC, Canada in April 1905 as an Italian benevolent society to assist
    its members in times of need. The Colombo Lodge was and still is the heart of the
    Italian community for those of Italian heritage in the area, boasting several hundred
    ‘fratelli,’ and over 400 ‘sorelle.’ The Cristoforo Colombo Lodge Archives is the first
    Italian archives of its kind in Canada and was formally established in 1972.

    2015 Committee Members:    Fred Romano (Chair), Gord Gattafoni, Larry Martin, Roland Perri, Carol Savill, Franca Forbes

PHOTO ALBUM OF ARCHIVE PICTURES 

Colombo Lodge Album