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. 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
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The American Italian Museum and Cultural Center is located in the town of Colonie the county of Albany NY. We are 4.5 miles east of the Albany NY International Airport, 162 miles North from New York City, 173 miles West of Boston, 283 miles East of Buffalo and approximately 180 miles south of the Canadian border. For directions to the museum from your area, please visit www.americanitalianmuseum.org/directions

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.

Tonight some of us from our museum met at the Albany Italian American Community Center to discuss how our two organizati...
02/13/2020
2020: the year of Raphael

Tonight some of us from our museum met at the Albany Italian American Community Center to discuss how our two organizations could work together. Look for some interesting events that we will co-sponsor to help keep alive our Italian heritage and culture.

After a 2019 full of exhibitions and cultural events dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci for the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death, with this new year someone else is ready to pick up the baton: 2020 is the 500th anniversary year since the death of Raphael, the indisputable genius of Renaiss...

02/12/2020
"Come Saprei" Live - Versione Pianoforte e Voce di GIORGIA - Singer : Savio De Martino

Mark your calendar Savio De Martino will perform at the Albany Italian
American Community Center on Saturday, March 14 at 7;30 pm. This concert
is co-sponsored by the Albany IACC and the American Italian Heritage
Museum. Seating is limited, purchase your tickets form the Albany IACC.

"Come Saprei" Live - Versione Pianoforte e Voce di GIORGIA - Singer : Savio De Martino http://saviodemartino.it - [email protected]

We will celebrate the 500 birth of Raphael this year and the 700 of Dante next year.  Francis a non-Italian who loves ou...
02/12/2020
Dante, the “Father of the Italian language”

We will celebrate the 500 birth of Raphael this year and the 700 of Dante next year. Francis a non-Italian who loves our Italian culture has donated an exhibit on Raphael and Dante.
We will display those exhibits tn our Special Exhibit Room.

Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York Prepares to Celebrate the Genius of Dante: Poet, Philosopher, Political Thinker

CORRECTION;  The class starts, Monday, March 16th.Make your reservation with the instructor, Anthony Viccarone.
02/10/2020
AIHA Italian Language Class

CORRECTION; The class starts, Monday, March 16th.
Make your reservation with the instructor, Anthony Viccarone.

American Italian Heritage Museum

Our immigrants grandparents and parents had to be frugal and that has been the case with many of us.  We operate our org...
02/10/2020

Our immigrants grandparents and parents had to be frugal and that has been the case with many of us. We operate our organization in that way too. Our budget for 2020 is between $93,000 to $95,000, so we need your help. All our staff are volunteers. Support our fundraisers!

👵🏻🇮🇹Italian Nonne invented recycling! 🇮🇹👵🏻

Pizza is just one of many things that Italy have given the world.  We invite you to join and learn more about your Itali...
02/10/2020
The USDA Estimates 13% Of Americans Eat Pizza Every Day (+28 More Fun Facts)

Pizza is just one of many things that Italy have given the world. We invite you to join and learn more about your Italian heritage and culture. Members receive our 20 page bi-monthly newsletter.

National Pizza Day on February 9th celebrates one of America’s all-time favorite foods. Whether it is thin crust, Chicago-style, deep dish or anything in between, pizza is an American favorite.

You are invited to our annual St. Valentine Celebration that will take place onFriday, February 14th at 11:00 am.   Free...
02/09/2020
La Festa di San Valentino: Valentine's Day in Italy

You are invited to our annual St. Valentine Celebration that will take place on
Friday, February 14th at 11:00 am. Free and open to the public. Resevations
must be made by February 12th.

Did you know that San Valentino was Italian? The patron saint of love lived in Roma in the third century. But when we took a deeper look, we found that our celebration of l’amore has even more ancient roots. San Valentino was born in Terni, a small town in central Umbria. Little is known of his li...

02/08/2020
ITALIAN MUSIC - MAMMA - JERRY VALE

I am working on the April/May Newsletter and Mother's Day is in May. I
always honor mothers in the issue. Here is a song I love and I hope
you enjoy it. Prof. DiNovo

I've created a playlist on my channel of a number of Italian songs that I have uploaded. The playlist is over an hour long and features many famous Italian s...

What a rich culture Italy has, Italian Americans have been given a treasure.    Our mission is to preserve our Italian h...
02/08/2020
Rome – A Modern Ancient City – Day Two – Part 1

What a rich culture Italy has, Italian Americans have been given a treasure. Our mission is to preserve our Italian heritage and culture. We invite you to learn more about Italian culture and we offer many classes and events .

Our second day in Rome was spent at the Vatican Museums. Now, this is one of the MOST popular attractions in Rome, or I should say, Vatican City, for once you step foot onto the grounds, you are n…

Our 20 page bi-monthly is chuck full of interesting information and also with unique recipes.  Sent to members,we invite...
02/08/2020
Mozzarella cheese and eggplants' patties. - EverybodyLovesItalian.com

Our 20 page bi-monthly is chuck full of interesting information and also with unique recipes. Sent to members,
we invite you to join.

Mozzarella cheese and eggplants’ patties. These patties are easy, healthy and loved by children too: they can be served with tomato sauce but I prefer to eat them plain. Ingredients Makes about 8 medium size patties1 large eggplant (or 2 medium), peeled and diced 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1...

Volunteers give and in return they make friends and live longer.  We need YOU, you talents and time.  Contact us for det...
02/08/2020
Dancing may Reverse Signs of Aging

Volunteers give and in return they make friends and live longer. We need YOU, you talents and time. Contact us for details.

Beyond connecting with others through dance, the art form also has plenty of benefits for your health.

We have the Neighborhood That Disappeared DVDs in our gift shop.  In our Old Photo Room we have a unique selection of ol...
02/07/2020

We have the Neighborhood That Disappeared DVDs in our gift shop. In our Old Photo Room we have a unique selection of old photos that tell wonderful stories.

Bringing back this archival photo of Grand Street shared by John La Forte with our deepest condolences to John and his family. This image is a wonderful document. It's filled with information: Joe Rossetti in his aviator's hat; sidewalk and street games; the trolley pole, and St. Anthony's Church in the background. This image captures a cherished world.
God bless you and your family, John. Thank you for sharing.

02/07/2020
Dean Martin - That's Amore (HD)

Our Italian American Music Room is must see, it is amazing the mark that
Italian Americans have made to all types of music.

Tratto dal film del 1953 "Occhio alla palla" (The Caddy) interpretato da Jerry Lewis e Dean Martin e diretto da Norman Taurog.

The Italian language is one of the most beautiful in the world!  Hand gesturesare colorful and a part of the Italian her...
02/06/2020
Rhode Island judge explains Italian hand gesture ("If I catch you")

The Italian language is one of the most beautiful in the world! Hand gestures
are colorful and a part of the Italian heritage. Only use the ones in good taste.
and display the best of our Italian heritage and culture. That is part of our mission.

Judge Frank Caprio, explaining the ("If I catch you") Italian hand gesture. Hand gestures are a powerful tool that has been a large part of Italian culture. Around 250 specific hand gestures have been identified, with the belief that they originated from a long history of Italy being invaded by many...

A great meal during the winter.  There are many events going on at the museum this winter.  The winter hours of our muse...
02/06/2020
Pasta and Chickpeas - Pasta e Ceci

A great meal during the winter. There are many events going on at the museum this winter. The winter hours of our museum are: Friday, 11 am to 2 pm and Saturday from noon to 3 pm. We are also open by chance and advance appointment.

Pasta and chickpeas... one of the ultimate comfort foods!

We will hold our annual Italian Easter Bake Sale at the museum on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.  Save the date!
02/05/2020
Torta Pasqualina - EverybodyLovesItalian.com

We will hold our annual Italian Easter Bake Sale at the museum on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Save the date!

Torta Pasqualina Torta Pasqualina, or Easter Pie, is a well-known Italian Easter tradition. Originally from Liguria, in north-west Italy, it’s now popular all over the peninsula. Yields : 8 servings Prep Time : 20 min. Cook Time : 30 min.   INGREDIENTS 1 garlic clove 2 tablespoons unsalted butter...

Please be sure to state that you are of Italian descent on the 2020 census!
02/01/2020
2020 Census will ask white people their ethnicities

Please be sure to state that you are of Italian descent on the 2020 census!

"There would be no problem with that," said Phyllis Cimino of Brooklyn, N.Y., who plans to write "Italian" on her 2020 census form.

We just received notice that a Dante scholar is donating aDante exhibit which we will show in October & November this ye...
01/31/2020
Italy Establishes National Dante Day

We just received notice that a Dante scholar is donating a
Dante exhibit which we will show in October & November this year in our Special Exhibit Room!

Dantedì will be observed annually on March 25.

In the months ahead we will hold several concerts, our annual St. Joseph Celebration, our annual Italian Easter Bake Sal...
01/30/2020
Scallop Fettucine with Mushrooms, Spinach, & Roasted Garlic - EverybodyLovesItalian.com

In the months ahead we will hold several concerts, our annual St. Joseph Celebration, our annual Italian Easter Bake Sale, a dessert fundraiser, an Italian Easter Baking class, Ten Week Level II Italian class, our genealogy group will start meeting again in April, each month a business meeting and cultural presentation, Practice Your Italian and much more. Interested in coming or being on the committee?

Scallop Fettucine with Mushrooms, Spinach, & Roasted Garlic Ingredients: 1 lb Large Sea Scallops, 1 package ( 8 oz ) of mushrooms, cleaned and sliced 1 half stick of butter 3 sliced green onions 1 half ( 8 oz ) bag of baby spinach 2 heads of garlic 8 oz fettucine pasta Olive oil 1 …

One of our rooms in our museum is the "Old Photo" Room.In our museum and in archives we have a wonderful collection of o...
01/30/2020
Inside Pasta Factories: Amazing Photographs Show How Pasta Production Really Looked Like From the Early 20th Century

One of our rooms in our museum is the "Old Photo" Room.
In our museum and in archives we have a wonderful collection of old photos. A picture is worth a thousand words. We have saved some priceless photos of our Italian American community! Do you have any old photos you would like to donate?

Pasta is perhaps the most popular Italian dish originated in Sicily in the 12th century. For a long time it remained a food for the rich and...

01/29/2020
7 Tarantella tradizionale

I love watching this, hope you do too. We once had two Italian Folk Dancing
Groups keeping alive these wonderful folk dances. Are you interested in
starting again a Italian Folk Dance group? We have a Italian Singing group
that you invited to join.

Festa della "preparazione del letto" dei promessi sposi Calidea e Mimmo come vuole la tradizione "gaddhicianisi" . La tarantella stile CumElCa.

There are many breaks in the winter weather, our museum is a place for fellowship and learning.  Members are invited to ...
01/29/2020
Breakfast in Sicily Is a Ritual: the Top Cafés and Pastry Shops

There are many breaks in the winter weather, our museum is a place for fellowship and learning. Members are invited to use our library, attend our Practice Your Italian classes, our coffee with friends and the many other events we will hold this winter.

If you want the best cannoli, the tastiest granita and the freshest brioscia, come to Sicily. Here, in the quest for an amazing breakfast, you’ll find delicious sweets in a regional gastronomic tour that covers the whole island.

01/28/2020
Kobe Bryant "Il rapporto con l'Italia"

Listen to Kobe Bryant speak Italian. We will offer Italian level II for ten weeks
on Mondays, starting on March 16. Contact us for details.

Intervista a Kobe su Radio DeeJay

The family is so important, our Italian roots about family are well known.   Our members are part of our family where we...
01/28/2020
Jimmy Garoppolo’s Family Embraces Italian Roots

The family is so important, our Italian roots about family are well known. Our members are part of our family where we work for a great cause, support and help each other. We invite YOU to join. We got 5 new members today!

Jimmy Garoppolo prefers to keep his family life away from the public eye, something that is difficult to do for an NFL quarterback. Jimmy has granted just a couple rare interviews discussing his parents and brothers dating back to his college career at Eastern Illinois. Jimmy’s nationality is Ital...

You could spend your whole life learning about Italy.  It seems endless of what the country is about.   Our Association ...
01/27/2020
10 Under-the-Radar Small Towns in Italy

You could spend your whole life learning about Italy. It seems endless of
what the country is about. Our Association and Museum will help you
to discover the depth and wonders of Italy. Here is an example.

Avoid the lines and beat the crowds by planning a trip to one of Italy’s communes, or small towns. Scattered throughout the country, these delightful and under-the-radar towns are sure to capture your heart.

Two people who retired recently came in out museum recently to sign up to volunteer.  One a house wife and the other a c...
01/26/2020

Two people who retired recently came in out museum recently to sign up to volunteer. One a house wife and the other a college professor. We need the talents of both!
They help us and they are contributing and making new friends. THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU, TOO!

Our fundraising committee is planning a number of bus trips.Where would you like to go, are you interested in our bus tr...
01/23/2020
Senior Group Tours

Our fundraising committee is planning a number of bus trips.
Where would you like to go, are you interested in our bus trips?

Find Great Trips at Discount Prices !

"I know my ancestors existed, how do I find them?"  We can help you find the answer.  You are invited to join our Geneal...
01/22/2020

"I know my ancestors existed, how do I find them?" We can help you find the answer. You are invited to join our Genealogy Group that starting again on Thursday, April 2 at 11 am on the second floor of our museum Please contact us for details and to sign up. Free and open to the public.

Today I received a call from a scholar who wants to donate an Dante exhibit to our museum.  Will keep you informed about...
01/22/2020
Dantedì: Italy dedicates 25 March to Dante

Today I received a call from a scholar who wants to donate an Dante exhibit to our museum. Will keep you informed about this unique gift.

Italy has established a national day dedicated to Dante Alighieri, known as the Father of the Italian language, to be marked each year on 25 March. The annual event, to be known as Dantedì, was approved by the Italian government following a proposal put forward by culture minister Dario Franceschin...

Italians are noted for their food, and is one of the best in the whole world.  We are also noted for many other wonderfu...
01/20/2020
How to Make Sausage

Italians are noted for their food, and is one of the best in the whole world. We are also noted for many other wonderful things and we are able to help you to discover your rich Italian and heritage culture. Contact us and we will show you how.

How to make homemade sausage to be either cured or cooked fresh.

We are looking for new fundraisers, several new ideas are bus trips, catered dinners in the museum,  and dessert contest...
01/19/2020
Chicken Piccata with Lemon Sauce

We are looking for new fundraisers, several new ideas are bus trips, catered dinners in the museum, and dessert contest. Do you have any fundraising ideas? Would you
support any that we are thinking of doing?

Click image for recipe.

Don't forget that the January Monthly Meeting and Cultural Presentation is this Thursday at 7 pm.  Free and open to the ...
01/16/2020
Meet secretive Nutella billionaire Giovanni Ferrero, who built a $32 billion fortune off Tic Tacs, Butterfingers, and his namesake chocolates

Don't forget that the January Monthly Meeting and Cultural Presentation is this Thursday at 7 pm. Free and open to the public.

Nutella has a devoted fan base that supports Nutella cafes and even a Nutella-themed hotel in Napa Valley. But no one might love it more than Giovanni Ferrero, the Italian billionaire who built a multibillion-dollar fortune from the chocolatey spread.

This is about Buffalo, NY Italian American community.   We have a great collectionof books in our library about a large ...
01/14/2020
From 1880 to Today: The Italian population in Buffalo

This is about Buffalo, NY Italian American community. We have a great collection
of books in our library about a large number of Italian American communities
across the nation. The information is not only interesting but very informative.

As late as the 1940s, newspaper stories written about Buffalo’s Italian population were painted with wild strokes of exotic color. “Off i...

This is our Donor Recognition Tree on it our plaques and leafs honoring love ones, events etc.  Donations start at $275 ...
01/13/2020

This is our Donor Recognition Tree on it our plaques and leafs honoring love ones, events etc. Donations start at $275 to $2,500. On your right are Italian immigrants leaving Italy and your left their arrival in the United States. The tree is Italy and its islands. Donations help us to operate the
museum. Contact us for details.

01/13/2020
Falling in Love with the Italian Language. Interview with Jhumpa Lahiri

WATCH THIS AND APPRECIATE THE RICH HERITAGE WHICH IS OURS.
SHE WILL SPEAK AT UALBANY PERFORMING CENTER ON THURSDAY,
JANUARY 30TH AT 7 PM. FREE

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri, an Indian American author who writes her books in Italian, debates with Stefano Albertini, Director of Casa It...

I gave a talk last night on Italian Americans in the American Civil War.   You never stop learning, there still is so mu...
01/12/2020
Quiz: Only 1 in 50 Italians Know All 18 of These Italian Dishes. Do You?

I gave a talk last night on Italian Americans in the American Civil War. You never stop learning, there still is so much to know. Take this test and see how well you do. Also
receive our informative newsletter and learn more about your Italian heritage. Become a member.

Can you call yourself a true Italian?

In a few days you will receive our Feb./March newsletter if you are a member.   It is full of positive news about our mu...
01/10/2020
We The Italians

In a few days you will receive our Feb./March newsletter if you are a member. It is full of positive news about our museum and our community. We do have serious challenges and we need YOUR help to solve them.
JOIN AND HELP US TO CARRY OUR OUR MISSION!

Italian Americans have made their mark on American history since arriving from Italy during the late 1880’s. By 1920, more than four million Italians called the U.S. their home. While the majority suffered prejudice and hardships, many were able to turn those difficult times into prosperity.

Notable Italian immigrants and children of immigrants became successful business men and women contributing to the rapid growth of American business in the 20th century. This year, La Gazzetta Italiana will highlight just a handful of the brave, intelligent and daring Italian immigrants who blazed their own trail in American business.

Address

1227 Central Ave
Albany, NY
12205

General information

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

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 21:00
Thursday 10:00 - 21:00
Friday 10:00 - 22:00
Friday 08:00 - 09:00

Telephone

(518) 435-1979

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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.
Yesterday was National Pizza Day. This was our dinner. Home made pizza,...… tomato sauce, prosciutto, chopped garlic, sliced kalamata olives, sliced fresh mushrooms, grape tomatoes, herbed mozzarella, provolone, freshly shredded parmigiano reggiano, balsamic vinegar. Yum!
Congratulations from Italy for your Museum that promotes our wonderful culture! BRAVI :-)
Do you have a cookbook for sale?
https://teespring.com/american-italian-heritage-shir#pid=369&cid=6514&sid=front If you are or have someone in your family with Italian roots, this would be a perfect gift for them. Like a daily reminder of their heritage.
O Sole Mio! I LOVED Italian Night at the Pruyn House! What a great event and so much fun. Awesome band! Proud to be Italian!! Che bella cosa na jurnata 'e sole, n'aria serena doppo na tempesta! Pe' ll'aria fresca pare già na festa... Che bella cosa na jurnata 'e sole. Ma n'atu sole cchiù bello, oje ne'. O sole mio sta 'nfronte a te! O sole O sole mio sta 'nfronte a te! sta 'nfronte a te! Quanno fa notte e 'o sole se ne scenne, me vene quase 'na malincunia; sotto 'a fenesta toia restarria quanno fa notte e 'o sole se ne scenne. Ma n'atu sole cchiù bello, oje ne'. O sole mio sta 'nfronte a te! O sole O sole mio sta 'nfronte a te! sta 'nfronte a te! English Translation What a wonderful thing a sunny day The serene air after a thunderstorm The fresh air, and a party is already going on… What a wonderful thing a sunny day. But another sun, that’s brighter still It’s my own sun that’s in your face! The sun, my own sun It’s in your face! It’s in your face! When night comes and the sun has gone down, I start feeling blue; I’d stay below your window When night comes and the sun has gone down. But another sun, that’s brighter still It’s my own sun that’s in your face! The sun, my own sun It’s in your face! It’s in your face! #proudtobeItalian #familia #Italianmusic #italianfood #roots #qualitytime #qualityfamilytime #familytime
Concerts in the Barn the Pruyn House: Italian Night! The Good Times Band plays Italian inspired hits.
Congratulations to the staff, committee and the honorees of last evening’s Annual Achievement Dinner at Glen Sanders Mansion. The program was perfect and the food which was served “family style” (so appropriate) was outstanding. We had a wonderful time and look forward to future events hosted by AIHM. You are such a gift to our area.