For the past century, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America and the Sons of Italy Foundation, have promoted the culture and heritage of Italians and Italian Americans at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Staten Island, New York. To celebrate their 100th anniversary, the museum is hosting a year-long exhibit entitled: Fashions and Faces of the Regions of Italy. In this installment, the regions of Calabria, Lazio and Piemonte are featured, celebrating the culture, accomplishments and contributions of contemporary Italian innovators, artists and scientists.
This is the third in a yearlong series of exhibits. In addition to featuring the regional dress of the regions, also on display is a collection of some of the famous sons and daughters of each region, with portraits by William J. Castello and biographies by Marianna Randazzo. The exhibit will run through the summer. It can be viewed during regular museum hours, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.
The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum was the home of Antonio Meucci, the inventor of the first telephone (Alexander Graham Bell received the credit due to a patent office technicality). The home also served as a refuge to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the legendary general who led the fight for the Unification of Italy. For years, the Museum has fulfilled its mission to preserve the legacies of these great men and to promote the understanding of the Italian American heritage through cultural, artistic and educational programs and classes.
The museum is located at 420 Tompkins Avenue in the Rosebank section of Staten Island. The exhibit is included in the price of museum admission, free for members and $10.00 for non-members. For further information call 718-442-1608.