On Saturday, July 11, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum hosted about 150 friends who contributed to a recent Capital Restoration Campaign. Seen in the photo below cutting the ceremonial ribbon are, from left: New York City Council Members Tony Avella and Ken Mitchell, Museum President/CEO John Dabbene, Borough President James P. Molinaro, New York State Grand Lodge President Salvatore Lanzilotta, Congressman Michael McMahon and Senator Diane Savino representative John Sollazzo.
With a matching grant from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the museum’s Capital Campaign raised funds to replace windows, fix broken clapboards, remove lead paint and repaint the exterior of the 160-year-old cottage. Now a National Landmark, the museum—that was home to Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone, and for a short time to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the legendary Hero of Two Worlds—offers historic house tours, as well as a varied program of Italian educational and cultural events.
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