This year marks the 350th anniversary of European settlement on Staten Island. Throughout the year Islanders are celebrating with a series of events that focus on a different aspect of Staten Island’s heritage each month. The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum’s Terza Domenica event on April 17 at 1 p.m., will reflect April’s theme of “Ethnicity and Immigration.” Special guest Dominic Pulera, author of “Green, White and Red: The Italian-American Success Story,” will discuss the Italian-American experience over the last 100 years. He will share powerful stories, anecdotes, examples, and statistics that illustrate the innumerable ways Italian immigrants and their descendants have contributed to life in America. His program affirms the value of immigration, celebrates the American Dream, and offers a hopeful message for the future. Seating is limited. Admission of $10 for non-members and $5 for members includes a light reception. Books will be available for sale, and Mr. Pulera will be on hand to personally autograph them.
Immediately following Pulera’s presentation the museum will open a new photo exhibit, “Snapshots: “One Island, Many Stories,” in its gallery. The exhibit will present “snapshots” of the everyday lives lived by several Staten Island immigrant families, and some very interesting stories of how these people have contributed to the culture of our island in unexpected ways. Those attending the Terza Domenica program are invited to preview the show, and the doors will be open to the public at 3:30 p.m. for those who only want to view the exhibition and attend the free opening reception.
The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is owned by the Order Sons of Italy in America.