Mar 7, 2011

Italian Unification on March 17

Celebrate Italian Unification on March 17
at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum
and Engrave Your Name in History

Thursday, March 17 from 5 p.m.-7p.m., the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. We will be honoring the memory of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the legendary general who fought for decades to bring about that unification. Admission will be free, and a light supper will be served.
The evening will also celebrate the 
launch of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum Recognition Walkway project. In an ongoing campaign, the museum will be offering bricks for sale that can be personalized with a name, special date or brief message to honor family members, friends or yourself. The engraved bricks, which come in three sizes and range in price from $100 to $1,000, will be installed in the sidewalk in front of the museum during a special ceremony to take place in October. Bricks can be purchased for yourself, or given as a gift to remember ancestors or recognize children or grandchildren. Your personalized brick in the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum Recognition Walkway will be a permanent memorial to those you name, at one of Staten Island’s most historic sites, where future visitors can see your support of Italian culture for generations to come.

In 1850, while in exile from 
Italy, Giuseppe Garibaldi received refuge in the Staten Island home of Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone. That home now houses the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum. It was during his stay in this house that Garibaldi, who had just lost his wife and been defeated while trying to defend the Roman Republic, found healing and rejuvenation, giving him the strength to go on to his greatest victories. Ten years later, in 1860, Garibaldi landed in Marsala and, with his volunteer force of 1,000 men, liberated Sicily. That triumph led to the declaration of the Kingdom on Italy on March 17, 1861.

Come celebrate this day of Italian unification and remember Giuseppe Garibaldi who, more than any other person, made it happen. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to 
engrave your name in the history of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, and to learn how you can help us reach your family and friends so they too can leave their mark. You will be helping to preserve a Staten Island historical landmark while promoting Italian culture, andremembering your loved ones in a real, lasting way.

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is owned by the 
Order Sons of Italy in America.

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