Staten Island, of New York City's five boroughs, has a long history and community of Italian Italian immigrants making their way to America found a haven on Staten Island and combined their heritage the Old World withadopted New World home. Island has a thriving and maintains many structures in homage to Italy. Among is the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum; an unassuming building that houses many Italian-American treasures and pieces of history. When staying on Staten Island, taking advantage of the special museum is a wonderful way to learn about the history of Italian-Americans and the struggles theytheir journey to the New World.
Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) was an adventurer, explorer, soldier and revolutionary. After spending years sailing to Russia, fighting as a rebel in Brazil, becoming an outcast and being forced to flee Italy, he ended up immigrating to America. While America, Garibaldi worked as a candle maker. Antonio Meucci is considered the true inventor of the Spending a day touring home and taking advantage of the community events at the the rich Italian heritage of
summer The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum hosts "Il Circo" - Italian for "The Circus." Il Circo is an art exhibit by Staten artist Larry DiSalvo that is constructed entirely of discarded junk and scraps. DiSalvo makes the junk into whimsical characters that are relevant to Italian culture. Museum onein 2012 Italian-American old
events, the offers regularly scheduled Italian language classes, programs and guided historical tours. The guided historical tours pair the group with a guide that gives interpretation and insight into the region, museum, displays and the men museum Meucci and Garibaldi. This makes for a fantastic way to absorb all of the interesting facts and stories of these men. Reservations are required for a historical tour. Italian language classes are available for visitors, with a half-day intro to Italian offered every Saturday between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. Kid's programs include hands on displays about the adventures of Garibaldi and guided scavenger hunts around the grounds.