American Italian Heritage Association
Our Association was founded in 1979, and we have become
an international organization with members in 41 States
and several countries ! Our goals are to record and
preserve our Italian heritage and culture. Our museum
has ten rooms of exhibits, a Hall of History and a gift
shop. We operate the largest Italian American museum in
the east. Our second floor is the home of our Italian
Cultural Center which includes a library, class room,
meeting space, memorial room, art gallery and a hall. We
offer many classes and events at the Cultural Center
that help us to record and preserve our Italian
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.
In 1979, Prof./Cav. Philip J. DiNovo gave birth to the idea of a Italian American Cultural Organization. He invited eight Italian American professors to a meeting at the Law School , Syracuse University, Syracuse , NY . Those attending agree to organize the American Italian Heritage Association to record and preserve our Italian heritage. The Association has an outstanding record: publishing five books, for 16 years held two conferences a year in different parts of the state, has set up exhibits, sponsored many cultural programs, worked with schools and colleges, published various publications, sponsored two Italian folk dance groups, a Italian choir, has had outreach events with other ethnic groups, marched in parades, set up booths at various fiestas', offered many classes for children and adults, set up a speakers bureau, held Italian food festivals & events. These and many other events have helped to keep alive our Italian heritage and culture.
Prof./Cav. Philip J. DiNovo has been knighted by the Italian government for his years of service in the Italian American community. He is on the national Italian American Folk Art Federation Board and writes articles for Italian American publications across the nation. He has invited many outstanding volunteers to join in this important cause and the record is due to their great talent, sacrifice and commitment.
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Prof./Cav. Philip J. DiNovo - President/Director
Dominic A. Paratore
Thomas Barletta, Esq
Legal Advisors Rocky Piaggione, Esq Special Advisor Angelo Mazzone
Webmaster Dominic A. Paratore
Grounds Position Stephen Woodard| Maintenance Phil Maiello
Fundraising Cathy McGuire
Telephone Committee Josephine Cristy Email Directory Frank Gutta Sr.
Museum Volunteers Chairperson Linda Della & Sara Wellen | Featured Exhibit Coordinator Joseph Anastasio
Art Gallery Dr. Philip Palmeri | Public Realtions & House Photographer Gene Loparco
Our memberships provide wonderful benefits and supports our goal to preserve our Italian Culture and Heritage.Ways to support
The American Italian Heritage Museum
Provisional Charter" was granted July 19, 2010 by the Board of Regents of The University of the State Of New York, for and on behalf of the State Education Department, and executed under the seal of said University and recorded as Number 25,129"
AN ABSOLUTE CHARTER FROM the University of the State of New York, Education Department was granted October 2016