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A Century of Progress

OSIA Certificate of Incorporation 1905

OSIA's long history begins in 1905 with its founding in New York City's Little Italy neighborhood. Click on a decade below to read about the progress of the organization through the century right up to today.

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1905

June 22 - OSIA founded as "Figli d'Italia" at 203 Grand Street in New York City at the office and residence of Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro. (Later renamed "L'Ordine Figli d'Italia in America.") A week later, Dr. Sellaro is elected first "Supreme Venerable" or president.

1906

OSIA has eight lodges in New York and one in New Jersey.