The Dante Alighieri Society of Pueblo, Colorado seeks to promote and preserve the Italian language, culture and customs in Pueblo and the Southern Colorado regions.
To award scholarships to Pueblo area senior high school students to continue the study of the Italian language at the university level and to sponsor cultural and social activities to
enhance the Italian American community.
The Dante Alighieri Society was formed in July 1889 in Italy to "promote the study of the Italian language and culture throughout the world... independent of political ideologies, national, or ethnic origin or religious beliefs. The Society is the free association of people - not just Italians - but all people everywhere who are united by their love for the Italian language and culture and the spirit of universal humanism that these represent." The Society was named after Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) the medieval poet from Florence, Italy.
The Dante Alighieri Society of Pueblo, Colorado was founded by Father Christopher Tomatis on October 24, 1977 and ratified by the Dante Alighieri in Rome, Italy on December 3, 1977. Since its inception, the DA Society of Pueblo has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to students of Italian.