Monday, January 23, 2012

Photo Gallery Tuesday "Italian American Museum"

A trip to Little Italy in New York City should also be a trip to the Italian American Museum on Mulberry Street. Here is some information from their website:

The Italian American Museum is now located in its permanent home at 155 Mulberry Street in the heart of New York’s “Little Italy”. This historic location on the corner of Mulberry and Grand Streets once housed “Banca Stabile” which was founded by Francesco Rosario Stabile in 1885. During its heyday, the bank offered the newly arrived immigrants from Italy much more than financial services. It was a link for the Immigrants in the United States with their relatives in Italy. In addition to a full range of banking services, it also provided the following services: telegraph, travel via steam ships, import-export, notary public, and post office; a kind of all in one immigrant community service center. It has been restored and preserved, and is now open to the public. It now serves as the cornerstone of the Italian American Museum from which we will tell our story in America.

The Italian American Museum was born on June 12, 2001 when it was officially chartered under the aegis of the University of the State of New York, Education Department as a museum. The purposes of which, are to establish and maintain a museum dedicated to Italian Americans.

The aims and goals of the Italian American Museum are as follows:
  • To establish and maintain a museum dedicated to the struggles of Italian Americans and their achievements and contributions to American culture and society;
  • To collect, own, hold, preserve, exhibit, and interpret a collection of appropriate objects;
  • To gather and preserve memorabilia, reminiscences, oral histories, documents and other appropriate material in an archive and library;
  • To sponsor lectures, symposia, musical programs, film, festivals, theater, and art exhibitions; and
  • To raise public awareness and appreciation of the accomplishments and contributions of Italian Americans to the American way of life. (New York State Charter, June 12, 2001)

It offers a unique insight in many areas of Italian culture. Please try to stop if in the area as I am sure it will be quite a treat!! 

Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
Corners of Mulberry and Grand Streets
New York, NY 10013
(212) 965-9000

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s.c said...

Thanks for the tip again. I get a big list. Now the problem is to get there.

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

oh hopefully some good rates for air fare will be happening soon! just think u will be so prepared to visit NYC !!

Fashion-isha said...

I love finding out about amazing little place in New York, thanks!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

It took me a minute to register this place cause I hadn't heard of it but upon reading the location, I just realized that I walk by it all the time. I will make a point to stop and check it out next time. Thanks!

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

Great!! Glad to inform you!! Be sure to check website for exhibits and hours

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