Chairperson's Message

Christmas Message
December 24, 2020

Dear Friends of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum,

I sincerely hope this correspondence finds you safe and healthy.

As we enter the culmination of the 2020 holiday season, the GMM continues to remain closed to the general public, due to an ever-evolving global pandemic.

To paraphrase Charles Dickens, we are simultaneously enduring the worst of times and the best of times, a season of darkness, a season of light, a winter of despair, a spring of hope.

There is a blinding light at the end of one tunnel emitted by a runaway train rapidly hurling forward and taking lives; there is a glimmering light at the end of another tunnel reflecting hope and salvation brought on by a highly effective vaccine that will soon eradicate the virus, on a global scale.

So, let us pray to relieve us from pain and suffering; pray for the wellbeing of those who stand at the ready to protect us from harm and those who relentlessly do their utmost to heal us. Let us, for as long as necessary, adhere to the protocols administered by the expert scientists of the Center for Disease Control and Disease. Let us remain patient at a time in which our capacity to accept or tolerate more suffering or delay is exhaustingly diminished.

Stay in touch with the GMM by tuning in, as often as possible, to the GMM website, Facebook and email blasts to enjoy the numerous virtual educational and cultural programs it has to offer.

As I look forward to your frequent future visits to the GMM, please accept my best wishes for a peaceful and blessed Christmas. May the New Year bring you joy and prosperity and keep you safe and healthy.

Our normal existence is imminent!

Fraternally,

Carl J. Ciaccio

Chairman of the Board

Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

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

carljciaccio@garibaldimeuccimuseum.org

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.

 

Sincerely,

Carl J. Ciaccio                                                                          

GMM Chairman of the Board, OSDIA

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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