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The American Italian Heritage Museum &
The American Italian Heritage Association

1227 Central Ave. Albany, NY 12205
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AIHA Campus photo tour updated July 2011

The photos on this page show the NEW Home of the American Italian Heritage Association. Located at 1227 Central Avenue in Albany, this building was formerly the Church of Our Lady of Mercy and has retained some of the original architectural details on its second floor. On the campus is the former church, the former Rectory, 3 floors and another 1 story building.

The former rectory and 1 story building are zoned for commercial space. We currently have two tenants, The Second Chance Thrift Shop and rental space is still available. It would be great if we could rent them to Italian related businesses and with the Museum & Cultural Center we would have a Italian theme campus, village etc. These buildings are all nestled within the beautiful surrounding grounds. (Our Lady of Mercy has built a new church and rectory about a block away from its former home).

The building for The National American Italian Heritage Museum & Cultural Center has 5900 sq ft. On the first floor our Museum (3900 sq ft)  honors and tells the Italian Immigrant Story and their contributions. We will also display the contributions of Italian Americans. The second floor (1900 sq ft)contains the Cultural Center with a library, hall, Chapel and class rooms for all types of classes: language, cultural, genealogy, cooking etc. for all age groups and open to the public.

"No museum is able to support itself with admissions alone. We will have many fund raisers, have a gift shop, request yearly donations, give you the opportunity to honor a loved one (on a plaque, name a room in their memory, their name on the Immigrant Wall of Honor, in our Book of Memory, etc.) In our Cultural Center we will offer programs and classes for children and adults. The Second Chance Thrift Shop is now a very popular location for those who love to shop for a bargin. The thrift shop has become a great fund raising venue for our organization.

The Complex is located about a mile from the Albany city line. Central Avenue is one of the main avenues of our city with a great deal of traffic passing our Complex. It is also on the main bus line and we are also close to the NY State Thruway and US 90. The location makes it perfect for our needs."

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