Sarah Cifarelli Wellen
We were very happy to welcome the Guilderland High School
Italian Club to our Museum... The “Visions of Italy” art exhibit
was a total success, bringing new people to the Museum. Five
paintings were sold with a portion of the sales going to the
Museum…More old photos have been added to our photo room…The
Albany Times Union gave great coverage of our annual Italian
Easter Bake Sale with a photo including members, Cathy McGuire,
Roseanne Kwarta, and Nancy Macy, Chair of the event… In April,
the Museum hosted the New York State Sons of Italy Youth
Summit…. Prof./Cav. Philip DiNovo continues to speak to
community groups about our Museum. He recently appeared on the
Ann Parillo TV show, spoke on the Nick Coluccio radio show, and
addressed the National Association of Retired Federal
Employees…He also gave a talk to the Troy “Little Italy”
Neighborhood Association. He will be speaking at the Frank
Chapman Memorial Institute in June and the Glen Wyck Senior
Center in May.
Composed by Sarah Cifarelli Wellen
( posted 3/1/2018)
Chaplain Anthony Sidoti, a local priest, served in WW2 and was
awarded the Purple Heart, two Silver Stars, and a Bronze Star.
Recently, Albany County Executive, Daniel P. McCoy presented the
museum with a flag that had flown over the White House in honor
of the chaplain, along with a proclamation. The event, held at
the museum, made the local news. Since then, Linda and Gene
Loparco purchased and donated a container for the flag…We were
pleased to have entertained a group of seniors visiting from the
Meadows at Glenwyck in Glenville, and The Spinney at Van
Dyke…Our library, with its wide selection of books including
research volumes, has been expanded by an addition of 25 new
books…Prof./Cav. Philip J. DiNovo, in his continual effort to
promote the museum, gave lectures to two local senior groups and
spoke at the Vartanantz Day Commemoration at St. Peter’s
Armenian Apostolic Church…Our exhibits have been greatly
enhanced by recent contributions: a very old statue of St.
Benedict the Moor (born in Sicily), an Italian Shabbat
candelabra, a 1914 photo of members of the New York State Sons
of Italy convention held in Glens Falls, N.Y., a 1941 book of
minutes of the Albany Sons of Italy, a beautiful, large Venetian
mask, a manual of the D.A.R. in Italian, and a 1919 Singer
Sewing machine used by Giuseppe Zappone, a tailor…Ed Gasparini,
the owner of Gasparini Sales (Italian Food Broker and Direct
Imports), signed up 11 new members! Thank you, Ed…We also thank
Linda and Gene Loparco for representing the museum at the
Multi-Cultural Festival at the Sand Creek Middle School.
Feast of St. Joseph was celebrated at
the American Italian Heritage Museum on March 15th, at the
Festival of Nations 2017
Our New Italian Choir 2017
2017 Events Gala click here for more Gala
Top Places to Visit after Moving to Albany, NY
by Ryan Cox on Mar 22, 2017
In a state as
historic and vibrant as New York, it is of little surprise that
Albany continues to be a highly sought-after destination. As the
state’s capital, it is a place where families have lived for
generations, and they are quite welcoming towards people who are
new to the area. As you begin the process of moving to your new
home, you may be feeling anxious about moving to a new area.
However, this apprehension will begin to fade as soon as you
begin to take in all that this beautiful part of the country has
to offer. With a diverse climate and many events taking place
throughout the year, there is never a shortage of things to do.
American Italian Heritage Museum
With New York being home to such a diverse culture, it makes for
the ideal place to celebrate the history that helped form this
nation. Take an afternoon to visit the American Italian Heritage
Museum. Located right in the heart of Albany, the museum
celebrates the very culture and people that have made the city
the special place it is today. With thousands of items on
display, children and adults alike can gain a better
appreciation of the rich legacy that is unique to the area.
There are various exhibits, educational programs and lectures
held throughout the year, making each visit to the museum a
unique and rewarding experience for you and your family.
Actually, this heritage museum isn’t that
small, containing eight rooms of exhibits plus a cultural center
with a full roster of activities, located in a 1920s mission
church (the museum’s conversion won a preservation award). In
addition to its exhibits of artifacts and artworks recording and
preserving the story of Italian immigration to, and
contributions to, the United States, the museum has a lively
events schedule that includes cooking classes.
Lawn Event June 17,2015
FIFTH ANNUAL WALL OF FAME
Click here to view photos
Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo
Senior Associate Judge
NY State Court of Appeals
Private screening of the WMHT Event
Terri Cosma Mazzara Boor, noted artist
has once again donated to the museum one of her well known
sculptures. To view more
works of art by Terri Boor visit The Boor Sculpture Studio
located at the University of Albany.
This sculpture is of her mother, Domenica Cosma Mazzara.
The state of New York has put up three
signs on Central Ave. to help visitors find our museum.