Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors Wood, Myron
Dates 1990
Location Colorado
Pueblo County
Language English
Subjects Colorado
Italian American Women
Italian Americans
Martellaro, Josephine
Pueblo (Colo.)
Religious Life and Customs
Saint Joseph's Day
Social Life and Customs
Josephine Martellaro of Pueblo, Colorado, with the Saint Joseph's Day table she created at her home in 1990
Contributor Names
Wood, Myron (Photographer)
Created / Published
1990 March 18
Subject Headings
-  Italian American women--Colorado--Pueblo
-  Italian Americans--Colorado--Pueblo--Social life and customs
-  Martellaro, Josephine
-  Pueblo (Colo.)--Religious life and customs
-  Saint Joseph's Day--Colorado--Pueblo
-  Photographs
-  Colorado--Pueblo County--Pueblo
-  The creation of a Saint Joseph's table, a tradition maintained by women in the Italian American community of Pueblo, Colorado, is one that derives from a centuries-old tradition on the family-plagued island of Sicily. According to the story, Sicilian peasants prayed to St. Joseph, the island's patron saint, to end the famine and suffering that was their lot. When their prayers were answered, the poor people of the island offered up in thanksgiving their most prized possession---food. Brought to Pueblo in the 1890s, the tradition has evolved into large, open-house events that feature tables laden with food, such as this one, photographed in 1990. Today, the tables are prepared to thank Saint Joseph for his assistance in helping families through all sorts of difficult times. Here, Josephine Martellaro is photographed with the Saint Joseph's table she prepared for public viewing in her home beginning at noon on March 18, the day before Saint Joseph's Day.
1 slide : color
Call Number
Source Collection
The Italian-Americans in the West Project Collection (AFC 1989/022)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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