Nicole Salimbene

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In 1921, my great-grandmother Tomasina made the journey from Italy to Southern Colorado as a mail-order bride. In my panel, I have used the immigration records documenting her passage through Ellis Island and glassine envelopes symbolizing the means of communication to bring her to this country and her connection back to her home. Twenty-five years old with $50 in her pocket, she arrived to meet a man she had never met, to live and work on a farm in a country she had never seen, knowing she would never again see her family or homeland.