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  Museum and Italian Cultural Center News…

MUSEUM AND ITALIAN CULTURAL NEWS composed by Sarah Cifarelli Wellen

Richard Putorti and his team catalogued 1,620 books in the main library of our Cultural Center. All reference books, protected books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and other resources can be found in the back room of the library. After three years of hard work, our library is now part of the 21st Century. Thank you, Richard,!

 …Karen Hemson donated a copy of her new non-fiction book, “Bean Pickers, American Immigrant Portraits” to our museum. Some of her research was done at our museum, and Prof./Cav. Philip J. DiNovo provided a testimonial for the book….

The Professor recently gave a presentation to the Creative Retirement Group meeting at Hudson Valley Community College. …The free Audio Tour of our museum has been installed and can be used on smartphones….Gene and Linda Loparco represented our museum at the recent Multicultural Festival held at Colonie Central High School.

Museum and Italian Cultural Center News--- compiled by Sarah Cifarelli Wellen

We have joined the Museum Association of New York, a professional organization that is a voice for museum advocacy with a growing array of professional resources. ---A recent visitor said this about our museum, “Incredible labeling and interpretation of exhibits, a wonderful, surprising place.” ---Our thrift shop received a “thank you” for items donated to the Albany Maritime Ministry. ---This summer, our out-of-town visitors came from PA., NJ., WA., FL., GA., MN., IL., and Sicily. ---Our Italian Meal on the Lawn in June was a huge success with many diners visiting our museum. ---We are networking with Alignable to further encourage people from the business community to visit our museum. ---Through social media, Prof/Cav. Philip J DiNovo has been contacting other Italian American organizations, ethnic groups, and educational organizations, hoping to promote our museum across the country.


Composed by Sarah Cifarelli Wellen (posted 5/1/2018)

We were very happy to welcome the Guilderland High School Italian Club to our Museum... The “Visions of Italy” art exhibit was a total success, bringing new people to the Museum. Five paintings were sold with a portion of the sales going to the Museum…More old photos have been added to our photo room…The Albany Times Union gave great coverage of our annual Italian Easter Bake Sale with a photo including members, Cathy McGuire, Roseanne Kwarta, and Nancy Macy, Chair of the event… In April, the Museum hosted the New York State Sons of Italy Youth Summit…. Prof./Cav. Philip DiNovo continues to speak to community groups about our Museum. He recently appeared on the Ann Parillo TV show, spoke on the Nick Coluccio radio show, and addressed the National Association of Retired Federal Employees…He also gave a talk to the Troy “Little Italy” Neighborhood Association. He will be speaking at the Frank Chapman Memorial Institute in June and the Glen Wyck Senior Center in May.




Composed by Sarah Cifarelli Wellen ( posted 3/1/2018)

Chaplain Anthony Sidoti, a local priest, served in WW2 and was awarded the Purple Heart, two Silver Stars, and a Bronze Star. Recently, Albany County Executive, Daniel P. McCoy presented the museum with a flag that had flown over the White House in honor of the chaplain, along with a proclamation. The event, held at the museum, made the local news. Since then, Linda and Gene Loparco purchased and donated a container for the flag…We were pleased to have entertained a group of seniors visiting from the Meadows at Glenwyck in Glenville, and The Spinney at Van Dyke…Our library, with its wide selection of books including research volumes, has been expanded by an addition of 25 new books…Prof./Cav. Philip J. DiNovo, in his continual effort to promote the museum, gave lectures to two local senior groups and spoke at the Vartanantz Day Commemoration at St. Peter’s Armenian Apostolic Church…Our exhibits have been greatly enhanced by recent contributions: a very old statue of St. Benedict the Moor (born in Sicily), an Italian Shabbat candelabra, a 1914 photo of members of the New York State Sons of Italy convention held in Glens Falls, N.Y., a 1941 book of minutes of the Albany Sons of Italy, a beautiful, large Venetian mask, a manual of the D.A.R. in Italian, and a 1919 Singer Sewing machine used by Giuseppe Zappone, a tailor…Ed Gasparini, the owner of Gasparini Sales (Italian Food Broker and Direct Imports), signed up 11 new members! Thank you, Ed…We also thank Linda and Gene Loparco for representing the museum at the Multi-Cultural Festival at the Sand Creek Middle School.


Feast of St. Joseph
was celebrated at the American Italian Heritage Museum on March 15th, at the museum.



Festival of Nations 2017

Our New Italian Choir 2017


  2017 Events Gala click here for more Gala Event Pictures

  Top Places to Visit after Moving to Albany, NY

by Ryan Cox on Mar 22, 2017

In a state as historic and vibrant as New York, it is of little surprise that Albany continues to be a highly sought-after destination. As the state’s capital, it is a place where families have lived for generations, and they are quite welcoming towards people who are new to the area. As you begin the process of moving to your new home, you may be feeling anxious about moving to a new area. However, this apprehension will begin to fade as soon as you begin to take in all that this beautiful part of the country has to offer. With a diverse climate and many events taking place throughout the year, there is never a shortage of things to do.

American Italian Heritage Museum
With New York being home to such a diverse culture, it makes for the ideal place to celebrate the history that helped form this nation. Take an afternoon to visit the American Italian Heritage Museum. Located right in the heart of Albany, the museum celebrates the very culture and people that have made the city the special place it is today. With thousands of items on display, children and adults alike can gain a better appreciation of the rich legacy that is unique to the area. There are various exhibits, educational programs and lectures held throughout the year, making each visit to the museum a unique and rewarding experience for you and your family

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AN ABSOLUTE CHARTER FROM the University of the State of New York, Education Department granted October 2016



  2016 Achievement Award Dinner  click here for more photos

Our Immigrant Story

The Times Union series "Our Immigrant Story" is being published in conjunction with a community-wide celebration of immigrants and cultural diversity in the Capital Region

  "The Epiphany of the Lord" January 2016

our American Italian Heritage Museum held an event for the children. A tradional "BEFANA" time for all. Explanation of her, stories, songs, coloring, a hunt for "surprises" and great food & beverage.


  click here to view past years News


Italian Magazine and Web Site Interview with Professor Dinovo

Published on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 09:07

Click here to read complete interview


Metroland Magazine Readers Poll -"The Best Of"

Best of 2015: Arts & Entertainment

by The Staff on July 23, 2015 ·

Best Small Museum

The American Italian Heritage Museum

1227 Central Ave., Albany

Actually, this heritage museum isn’t that small, containing eight rooms of exhibits plus a cultural center with a full roster of activities, located in a 1920s mission church (the museum’s conversion won a preservation award). In addition to its exhibits of artifacts and artworks recording and preserving the story of Italian immigration to, and contributions to, the United States, the museum has a lively events schedule that includes cooking classes.


Lawn Event June 17,2015

FIFTH ANNUAL WALL OF FAME GALA -Honoree: Click here to view photos

Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo

Senior Associate Judge

NY State Court of Appeals



Private screening of the WMHT Event




August 2014

Terri Cosma Mazzara Boor, noted artist has once again donated to the museum one of her well known sculptures. To view more works of art by Terri Boor visit The Boor Sculpture Studio located at the University of Albany.

This sculpture is of her mother, Domenica Cosma Mazzara.

May 2014

The state of New York has put up three signs on Central Ave. to help visitors find our museum.


2014 Wall of Fame   Click here


Dancer's at "Viva Italia"    Click here



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