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<p>During World War II, Ohio Italians rallied behind the United States, forsaking their homeland. Many Italian social groups dropped their Italian names and adopted patriotic ones, like "Abraham Lincoln" and "Betsy Ross," instead. While Italian organizations continued to exist in Cleveland following World War II, the number of new immigrants moving to the city slowly declined. By 1980, only 11,890 native-born Italians resided in the city. Other Ohio cities experienced similar declines. Italian Village in Columbus was a thriving suburb for Italian immigrants finding work in stone quarries, construction and trade. The buildings were Italianate style architecture. At St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, mass was spoken in Italian. The village flourished into the 1940s. However, like other Italian communities in Ohio, there was a decline in population after World War II as members of the village moved to newer suburbs. </p>
<p>Italian Ohioans participate in various social and cultural groups that serve to promote and support Italian beliefs and customs.
In 2000, the first annual Ohio Italian American Summer Festival was held in Cleveland to celebrate Italian culture and traditions. It continues to grow each year as well as The Columbus Italian Festival held in October. The Italian American Cultural Foundation located in Cleveland is an organization established to strengthen the Italian American identity and heritage. </p>