American Italian Heritage Museum

American Italian Heritage Museum In Honor of the Italian Immigrants Who Came to the United States of America The American Italian Heritage Museum is operated by the American Italian Heritage Association.
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Founded in 1979, we have become an international organization with members in 36 states and four nations!: Canada, Italy, China, and the French West Indies. Our goals are to record and preserve our Italian heritage and culture. The AIHA operated the Italian Cultural Center & Museum located at 668 Catherine Street, Utica, New York (Utica's "Little Italy" - east side of the city) 1985. It was closed late in 1998 so that plans for the new national museum in Albany, NY could begin. www.aiha-albany.org

Founded in 1979, we have become an international organization with members in 36 states and four nations!: Canada, Italy, China, and the French West Indies. Our goals are to record and preserve our Italian heritage and culture. The AIHA operated the Italian Cultural Center & Museum located at 668 Catherine Street, Utica, New York (Utica's "Little Italy" - east side of the city) 1985. It was closed late in 1998 so that plans for the new national museum in Albany, NY could begin. www.aiha-albany.org

Mission: We are committed to record and preserve the contributions of our Italian heritage and culture to our society. The association seeks through its newsletter, cultural programs, activities, exhibits, projects, and outreach, programs to enhance, highlight, and extend the Italian heritage, history and culture to the public.

Operating as usual

10/22/2020
What Sets Italian Americans Off From Other Immigrants?

Great day, one of our members brought in a check, a $200 donation. He brought in a friend who became a member. Made some sales in the gift shop. We are open, come and visit!

HUMANITIES: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities Feature What Sets Italian Americans Off From Other Immigrants? Family and work for starters, according to a new TV documentary. Vincent J. Cannato HUMANITIES, January/February 2015, Volume 36, Number 1 Photo caption Little Italy,....

Your 2021 dues are due by November 1, 2020.  If you pay after thatdate add $2 to be back on our membership list.  Please...
10/21/2020
AIHA Annual Dues 2021

Your 2021 dues are due by November 1, 2020. If you pay after that
date add $2 to be back on our membership list. Please pay today if you
have not.

American Italian Heritage Museum

There is so much many Italian Americans do not know about, this is the month to learn more about your Italian heritage a...
10/21/2020
Support Production of our Documentary on a Tragic Forgotten Injustice: "The Loneliest Road"

There is so much many Italian Americans do not know about, this is the month to learn more about your Italian heritage and culture.
Wasn't it great news to have a feature article in the Italian Tribune Newspaper!

In a desolate valley outside Eureka, Nevada, lies the common grave where five Italian charcoal burners were shot dead in 1879 by a sheriff’s posse while striking for better wages on the burgeoning mining frontier.

The Italian Tribune is one of the largest and best Italian American newspapers in the United States.  It did an article ...
10/21/2020
Italy: The World’s Favorite Cuisine

The Italian Tribune is one of the largest and best Italian American newspapers in the United States. It did an article about our museum in the October 15, 2020 issue. Thank you Buddy Fortunato the publisher for the great publicity!

A recent world-wide survey has found that the most popular cuisine in the world is Italian. Although with so much outstanding food in the world, it might initially seem like a daunting task to narr…

10/20/2020
Growing Up Italian American

You have to see this! We invite you to join and help us keep alive our Italian heritage and culture alive. Dues are only $25 a year and you receive six 20 page newsletter.

Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month

He is still going strong, he was a supporter of our museum when we were in Utica, NY.   In the Capital District listen t...
10/20/2020
Utica Radio Personality Shares Italian Culture Through the Air Waves

He is still going strong, he was a supporter of our museum when we were in Utica, NY. In the Capital District listen to the Saints radio station at 5:00 pm and listen to the Italian Connection, Italian music hosted by Nick.

When you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life. That's how Joe Putruele, who moved to Utica from Italy in his mid 20s back in 1963, feels every day. "I will be 87 on November 1," said Putruele.

10/20/2020
We The Italians

An update of the pandemic in Italy:

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#coronavirus #Italia #Italy #WetheItaliaNews #WetheItalians

Another great member of heritage and culture.
10/19/2020

Another great member of heritage and culture.

Day 18: Enrico Caruso for #ItalianAmericanheritagemonth

Recognized by any as the world’s most acclaimed tenor, Caruso’s recordings launched the phonograph industry in the early 1900s and prompted other singers to record their music for sale. Henricus Caruso (1873-1921) was born in Naples. His formal education was limited and at a young age he followed his father’s trade and became a mechanic apprentice. For extra money, he sang and began vocal training before he was 20. At the suggestion of his vocal trainer, he changed his name to the more recognized Italian Enrico.

He made his professional singing debut at 22, and was soon singing in theaters throughout Italy. In 1900, he made his debut at La Scala and two years later he sang at the Metropolitan Opera House, continuing his association with the Met for 18 seasons. Caruso’s vocal range and versatility are still unmatched and it’s noted that his recordings have been researched and studied more than any other singer. His recording of “No Pagliaccio non son” was the first record to sell one million copies, and more than a century later his records continue to sell.

Caruso was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 for his significant artistic contributions in the recording industry.

NIAF will end Italian American Heritage Month by having the biggest #ItalianAmerican celebration of the year at our 45th Anniversary Gala on October 31! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2YSu1ah.

[Credit: Author, educator, and researcher Janice Therese Mancuso established Thirty-One Days: http://thirtyonedaysofitalians.com/honorary.htm]

#enricocaruso #met #phonograph #tenor #grammy #opera #naples #napoli

We have a number of members in Syracuse, NY, our Syracuse Cluster has been active for many years.  We support them as th...
10/18/2020
Preserve a Landmark of Italian Heritage, organized by Richard Pietrafesa

We have a number of members in Syracuse, NY, our Syracuse Cluster has been active for many years. We support them as they
try to save an important symbol of the community.

In 1934, thousands of Italian Americans donated their nickels and dimes to … Richard Pietrafesa needs your support for Preserve a Landmark of Italian Heritage

Another great Italian American to know about.   So many are honored in our museum.  We invite you to visit.
10/18/2020

Another great Italian American to know about. So many are honored in our museum. We invite you to visit.

Saturday Spotlight: #ItalianAmericanHeritageMonth Edition!

Amadeo Giannini (1870-1949) was born Amadeo Pietro Giannini in San Jose, California to Luigi Giannini and Virginia Demartini both from Genoa province of Liguria. Luigi purchased a 40 acre farm where the family grew fruits and vegetables to sell. When Amadeo was only 6 years old, Luigi was murdered by an employee over a pay dispute, leaving Virginia to raise their three children and run the farm. In 1880, Virginia remarried to Lorenzo Scatena and founded the L. Scatena & Co., which Amadeo would eventually run. Amadeo went on to attend Heald College in San Francisco but dropped out because he wanted to get real life experience, and started working for his step-father. He went on to work as a produce broker, commission merchant and produce dealer for farms in the Santa Clara Valley. In 1892 he married Clorinda Cuneo, the daughter of a San Francisco real estate magnate. At the age of 31 he sold his interest to his employees and went to work for his father-in-law. It was during this time that he observed an opportunity to service the increasing immigrant population that were without a bank. At loggerheads with the other directors who did not share his sentiment, he quit the board in frustration and started his own bank. On October 17th, 1904, Amadeo founded the Bank of Italy in San Francisco in a converted saloon. In 1906, the Bank of Italy helped fund the citizens of San Francisco rebuild the city after the earthquake and fires that leveled the city and by 1916 he had hundreds of branches throughout the state. Amadeo then invested and merged with Los Angeles’ Bank of America, which he eventually adopted as the name of the new institutions, of which he served as chairman until his retirement in 1945.

#OSDIA #SonsOfItaly #SpotlightSaturday #ItalianAmerican #ItalianHeritage #ItalianPride #ItaloAmericano #Italian #Italiano #Italy #Italia #AmadeoGiannini #ItalianHeritageMonth

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10/16/2020
Columbus Raffle and more news from AIHA & AIHM

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American Italian Heritage Museum

Read what we have to loose!
10/16/2020
Why Do We Cling To Columbus? What Do We Have To Lose?

Read what we have to loose!

Why are they so attached to Columbus Day for that matter? As a holiday, Columbus Day stinks. There are no presents exchanged, no fireworks displays, no office gatherings where we play Yankee Swap.

The mission of our museum is to honor the Italian immigrants, tell their story and the contribution of Italian Americans...
10/15/2020

The mission of our museum is to honor the Italian immigrants, tell their story and the contribution of Italian Americans. We invite you to visit, we are open!

Day 14: Mario Andretti, record-setting race car driver with more than 100 wins, and the only driver to win the Daytona 500, Indy 500, and Formula 1, for #ItalianAmericanHeritageMonth. Andretti is also a friend of NIAF and is participating in our virtual 45th Anniversary Gala!*

Andretti was born in 1940 in Montona, Italy, and moved with his family to Nazareth, PA, in the mid-1950s. He and his twin brother Aldo bought a 1948 Hudson Hornet Sportsman stock car and began racing it. After competing in his first Indy car event in 1964, Mario Andretti soon went on to become a start in the auto racing world and was known for his versatility–he drove open-wheel cars and stock cars and competed on a variety of tracks. In 1967, he won NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and the following year joined the Formula One Grand Prix racing circuit. In 1969, he won the Indy 500, as well as his third USAC championship and the 12 Hours of Sebring. In 1978, he became the Formula One World Champion; he was only the second American to capture this crown.

Andretti continued racing during the 1980s and into the 1990s. His sons Michael and Jeff also became race car drivers, as did his nephew John Andretti. In 1991, all four men competed on the Indy car circuit, the first family in which four relatives accomplished this feat. Andretti’s grandson Marco also became a competitive driver.

Mario Andretti won the last of his 52 Indy Car victories in 1993. He officially retired from racing in 1994, having competed in 407 Indy Car events.

*P.S. NIAF will end Italian American Heritage Month by having the biggest #ItalianAmerican celebration of the year at our 45th Anniversary Gala on October 31! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2YSu1ah.

[Credit: Author, educator, and researcher Janice Therese Mancuso established Thirty-One Days: http://thirtyonedaysofitalians.com/honorary.htm]

#MarioAndretti #Daytona500 #NIAFGala45 #Indy500 #formula1 #GrandPrix #NASCAR

We also honor her in our museum and at a celebration in November.  She founded67 institutions.
10/13/2020
New York City unveils Mother Cabrini monument

We also honor her in our museum and at a celebration in November. She founded
67 institutions.

Mother Frances Cabrini sailed to New York from Italy in 1889, just three years after the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. It’s as if Lady Liberty was welcoming immigrants coming into New York h…

10/13/2020
Columbus Day 2020. Two flags, One heart, a great hero

I thank all of you who came today at the museum to honor Columbus.
I am in this video representing our Association/Museum with other Italian American
leaders. Prof. DiNovo

The first Online Columbus Day will unite Italy and the United States in the celebration of Christopher Columbus. In covid times it is not possible to organiz...

10/10/2020
Growing Up Italian American

Today a member purchased $100 worth of raffle tickets, last day to purchase tickets at the museum is this Saturday. Winner will be picked after the Columbus program on Monday.

Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month

A destructive storm came through the Capital District and over 160,000 people were without power.  We had a lot of limbs...
10/09/2020
American Italian Heritage Association & Museum

A destructive storm came through the Capital District and over 160,000 people were without power. We had a lot of limbs etc. from the trees in our parking lot. Thank you Phil Maiello for taking care of the mess. Our volunteers are great if we had to pay them it would cost us around $100,000 a year. Make a donation today!

Help us support our Association & Museum during this time of need. Unfortunately, we were not one of the many non-profits to get the matching grant. We thank all those who donated, showing support. Thank you for sure! BUT another program that we are now ...

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10/08/2020
AIHA Annual Dues 2021

IMPORTANT INFORMATIO, PLEASE OPEN AND READ.

American Italian Heritage Museum

I don't think this is true, St. Anthony is very popular saint in Italy and that is why there are so many Anthony names. ...
10/04/2020

I don't think this is true, St. Anthony is very popular saint in Italy and that is why there are so many Anthony names. Most Italian surnames were not changed at Ellis Island another error.

Happy October Italian American Heritage Month ! 🇮🇹️ 🇺🇸 ;)

Another post in our series to inform you about famous Italian Americans as we celebrate Italian Heritage & Cultural Mont...
10/04/2020

Another post in our series to inform you about famous Italian Americans as we celebrate Italian Heritage & Cultural Month.

Day 2: Amadeo Obici, founder of Planters Peanuts for #ItalianAmericanHeritageMonth
Obici was born in 1877 in Veneto, Italy. When he was just 7 years old, his father died, leaving his mother to care for him and his three other siblings. A few years later, Obici emigrated to America to live with his uncle in Scranton, Pa. Once there, Obici commuted to a nearby town almost every night to take English classes to improve his language skills. As a young man, he worked at a fruit shop, which inspired him to get his own peanut cart and experiment with roasting peanuts made a rudimentary roaster from parts obtained at a local scrap yard and selling them to customers. With the money he made from the peanuts sales, Obici saved enough money to bring the rest of his immediate family over from Italy to join him in the United States.

Later, he teamed up with Mario Peruzzi, another Italian American immigrant, and they founded Planters Peanuts Company in 1906. Obici had invented a new method of skinning and blanching the peanuts so that they came out clean, making them a very popular snacking food. In 1913, the pair built a new plant in the heart of peanut farming territory in Suffolk, Virginia, making it the capital of peanuts in the United States. By 1930, the company owned four factories and was rapidly expanding. Obici and his wife made serious efforts to give back to the surrounding area of Suffolk and were well-known for their generosity; they eventually built a hospital to benefit the community. Through his estate, Obici also planned and paid for another hospital in his original hometown of Oderzo, Italy. Obici passed away in 1947, but left behind a multi-million-dollar legacy and a true #ItalianAmerican immigrant success story.

P.S. NIAF will end Italian American Heritage Month by having the biggest #ItalianAmerican celebration of the year at our 45th Anniversary Gala on October 31! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2YSu1ah.

#Planters #PlantersPeanuts Mr. Peanut #suffolk #Veneto #Oderzo #AmadeoObici #MarioPeruzzi

This is the mission of our museum, to honor the Italian immigrants, tell their story and the contribution of Italian Ame...
10/03/2020

This is the mission of our museum, to honor the Italian immigrants, tell their story and the contribution of Italian Americans!

Day 1: The Italian Immigrant for #ItalianAmericanHeritageMonth
This day is for the parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and beyond–every Italian who journeyed to America from Italy, regardless of the route. It’s to honor those who sought to make a better life for themselves and their families, to remember them for the sacrifices they endured, and to thank them for the opportunities they provided us and for their contributions to America.

[Credit: Author, educator, and researcher Janice Therese Mancuso established Thirty-One Days: http://thirtyonedaysofitalians.com/honorary.htm]

P.S. NIAF will end Italian American Heritage Month by having the biggest #ItalianAmerican celebration of the year at our 45th Anniversary Gala on October 31! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2YSu1ah.

Learn more about your Italian heritage and culture:
10/03/2020
The history of coffee culture in Italy

Learn more about your Italian heritage and culture:

Don’t order a cappuccino after 11 a.m. Yes, it’s normal to drink your coffee standing at the bar. Don’t ask for a to-go cup. If you order a latte, prepare to be confused. Anyone visiting Italy for the first time has likely heard one of these lines. In Italy, coffee culture is sacred. It has ru...

Learn more, here is another example of goal this month, to inform!
10/02/2020
Vince Lombardi: NFL Legend, Pursuer Of Perfection, Champion Of Minorities

Learn more, here is another example of goal this month, to inform!

His name adorns American football’s ultimate prize thanks to his outstanding record as a coach with the Green Bay Packers, but Vince Lombardi was also a humanitarian ahead of his time. A five-time champion and tactical innovator but also a promoter of gay rights and torch-bearer for racial equalit...

Let us encourage our young people to read about the Italian American experience.   October is Italian Heritage & Culture...
10/01/2020
An Open Letter to Students, Parents & Educators

Let us encourage our young people to read about the Italian American experience. October is Italian Heritage & Culture Month.

The inspiration for this website came to me in the winter of 2019, when my daughter was writing an essay for her US History 2 class. The subject matter was the internment of enemy aliens in the United States during World War 2. She was a high school junior at the time, and her US history teacher ins...

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Museum Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday 11am to 2pm Saturday & Sunday Noon- 4:00pm Bus Tours Welcomed Please Call to Arrange Day and Time | We are closed on all National Holidays January 1st to March 31st the museum will only be open on Sat. & Sun. from 12 noon to 4 pm and by appointment. If you are coming from a distance always call ahead, 518-435-1979 to see if the museum is closed due to the weather! Admission Pricing: Adults $5 Seniors (over 65) $4 Students $3 Children (12 years & under) Free AIH Association & AIH Museum Members Free

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I think that Italian Americans can find a more significant, accomplished and enlightened Italian-American historical figure to build monuments to than the likes of Christopher Columbus. Can't we all? Phillip Mazzei would be a good place to start. Mazzei was an early Italian immigrant who befriended Thomas Jefferson and advised him in matters of law and history in the writing of the United States Constitution? He owned land in Virginia where he cultivated grapes, olives, and other crops ALL WITHOUT SLAVE LABOR! Come on folks. We are Americans. We can use our national ingenuity to find a way to make everyone happy, proud, and to alleviate the pain of the brown people whose losses and suffering made our greatness possible.
From the August AIHM meeting! Getting together again!
Buona giornata a tutti, augurandovi il meglio. https://www.facebook.com/saviodemartinofive/videos/673851503456732/
Here is some information and links on Michael Davi who was to talk at our May meeting. His website is www.michaeldavi.net. Links to interviews: https://vimeo.com/326392459 and a radio podcast: https://soundcloud.com/obudmore/michael-davithe-historiansfriday-march-22-2019 Here is his intro video to the museum:
The Schenectady Art Society (SAS) and Th e American Italian Heritage museum are collaborating on an online art show. Here is the link: https://m.facebook.com/100004810099499/albums/1328954657274858/#!/photo.php?fbid=1328955690608088&id=100004810099499&set=a.1328954657274858
"FORTI PIÙ DI PRIMA" - Savio De Martino Tanta serenità e amore a tutti, buongiorno. https://www.facebook.com/saviodemartinofive/videos/631136241061592/
TUTTO PASSERA', rispettiamoci e vogliamoci bene. https://www.facebook.com/saviodemartinofive/videos/626707894837760/
Any La Befana for the kids this year?
A little bit of local history. Alfonso Felici the "Fighting Paisano" http://www.villasantostefano.com/villass/alfonso_felici/fighting_paisan.htm?
https://www.facebook.com/groups/906160526425519/?hc_location=ufi Please send us all the Italian American Visual Artists you may know, our way. Thanks!
hi my fellow paesans. this is my 72 Buick gs in front of our Italian flag.