Chairperson's Message

Summer 2020 Message 

August 14, 2020


Dear members, Italian language students, opera enthusiasts, and friends of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum (GMM):


I sincerely hope this correspondence finds you and your family safe and healthy.

As you are aware, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum has had its doors closed to the public since mid-March, due to the global outbreak of the Coronavirus. Despite its closure, the daily needs of the museum have been continuously addressed. As a result, major renovations to the exterior lighting system, surveillance and access systems, in addition to a complete restoration of the front and rear entry doors are nearly completed. Today, the symbolic beacon of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America is beginning to shine brighter than ever.


Presently, we continue to adhere to the health and safety guidelines mandated by the CDC. Toward that end, we are beginning to plan for outdoor events. Such plans have resulted with viable safe distancing accommodation for at least seventy guests, who can lounge comfortably and securely on the museum’s beautifully maintained, expansive lawn on which you can enjoy a summer concert or a culturally enriched opera event, as you mingle among friends, and leave the rest to us.


As you give your most thoughtful consideration to attend, I welcome any of your questions and/or concerns regarding this invitation, or just call for a chat, or to confirm your attendance. Therefore, feel free to contact me directly. I can be reached anytime by dialing the following personal cell: (917) 617-3843.


The light at the end of the tunnel is now beginning to glow. So let’s bring a sense of normalcy back to our existence. I extend best wishes from everyone at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum. May you prosper with vibrant good health.



Carl J. Ciaccio                                                                          

GMM Chairman of the Board, OSDIA

Spring 2020 Message


Welcome to the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum. A museum housed in a charming cottage nestled on an expansive, manicured lawn in Rosebank, a quaint neighborhood located on the North Shore of Staten Island. It is where, long ago, a remarkable genius and his beloved wife resided, and where they hosted their famous guest for a time.

The remarkable genius was inventor Antonio Santi Giuseppe Meucci, his wife was Esterre Mochi Meucci, and their famous guest was Giuseppe Maria Garibaldi.

The cottage is now filled with objects and artifacts that give tangible evidence of friendship, hospitality, boundless bravery, progressive thinking, inventive genius and old-world trust.

As the current Chairman of the Board, I am privileged with the honor of managing, along with a dedicated staff and volunteers, a national treasure that sheds light on the best aspects of Italian-American heritage and culture.

So please arrange a visit to see a cultural exhibit, enroll in an Italian language class, or just provide a tax-deductible donation that would serve to maintain the museum’s financial solvency and provide future generations palpable evidence of honorable Italian-American history.

Carl J. Ciaccio

Chairman of the Board

Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

The GMM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has been owned by the Sons of Italy Foundation® and administered by the Grand Lodge of New York, OSDIA® since 1919. 

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