The mission of the Dickinson Little Italy Festival of Galveston County is to regenerate a sense of community
and stimulate vitality and nostalgia of local Texas history by preserving, honoring, and celebrating the vast Sicilian-Italian history and culture which has been prevalent in Galveston County for over a century.
The vision for the DLIFGC as an IRC 501 (c) (3) non-profit is to assist with community based support
in education, local Texas and Cultural history, and the arts.
In the late 19th to early 20th century, Dickinson was referred to as an "Italian Colony" and also as "Little Italy" and has been documented as such in numerous resources. The Sicilian-Italian immigrants and their families had a significant impact on the economic development and growth of our community for almost a century, not only in farming and carpentry, but also through numerous thriving businesses and services. One of the most significant contributions of Italians in Dickinson was Dickinson Ice and Fuel which currently operates as WCID #1 and also St. Joseph Catholic Church which later became Shrine of the True Cross.
Tracing Our Roots:
While the Dickinson Little Italy Festival of Galveston County honors our Italian ancestors who sacrificed so much for our community, we are also laying the groundwork for future generations to know and understand each of these family’s stories. This year we are beginning to compile a database of these family’s lineages beginning with their immigrant ancestors. Fill out this document to gather information on your family's history;
"Many Italian immigrants settled in Texas in the late 1800s, and Dickinson grew to be the largest Italian community in the county"
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