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Umberto Primo Italian Benevolent Society - New Castle PA

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The Umberto Primo Italian Benevolent Society was originally founded by Italian immigrants in Toronto, Canada, in 1888. It was named in honor of King Umberto I (1844-1900), who ruled over Italy from 1878 until his assassination in 1900. The local chapter of the Umberto Primo Society (or King Humbert Society) was established in New Castle in about 1905. The fraternal organization sold insurance and looked after the needs of its members. A social hall was established on East Division Street (shown above) soon after and became a popular gathering place for south side Italians. The society was in service until it finally closed in the late 1970’s. The building was sold and in 1984 became home to Sallmen’s Social Center, a bingo hall and banquet facility. (Oct 2014) Full Size

An advertisement for Sunday night dancing at the social hall. (Dec 1968)


  1. I am trying to research The Umberto Society in the 1920. I am related to Ludovico Mucci , who was president of this group approx. 1919-1925. I have found his name written up in the newspaper about some of the activities when he was president. I am looking for any pictures of him during that time and jest more information about his involvement with the group and community.
    Thank You
    Karen Mucci

  2. I have all the ladies records of this society, that is, all the recordings of every meeting.


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