Monday, April 15, 2024

The 161st Anniversary Of The Unification of Italy

By Joseph M. Calisi   Copyright 2022   All Rights Reserved

New York, NY (March 24, 2022) – March 17th is a day normally associated with the widely celebrated St Patrick’s Day. This year, it has taken on additional significance as it represents the 161st anniversary of Italian Unification as a single state.

This day represents 2 major things: the completed efforts of Garibaldi (minus the Papal States) to unify Italy on March 17, 1861 and that President Lincoln had asked the unifier of Italy to lead the Northern forces for the Civil War that was to begin literally days after the unification was concluded and the House of Savoy installed as the monarchy to rule the country.

A celebration of the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification at the Italian American Museum at 155 Mulberry Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy. IAM Founder and President Joseph V. Scelsa introduced Italian Consulate-General Francesco Talo.
Photo by Joseph M. Calisi Copyright 2022 All Rights Reserved

Eleven years ago this day, the Consul-General surprised the crowd that packed the Italian American Museum and read the Proclamation signed by President Obama. It read in part, “On March 17, Italy celebrates the 150th anniversary of its unification. On this day, we join with Italians everywhere to honor the courage, sacrifice, and vision of the patriots who gave birth to the Italian Nation. At a time when the United States was fighting for the preservation of our own Union, Giuseppe Garibaldi’s campaign for the unification of Italy inspired many around the world in their own struggles, including the 39th New York Infantry also known as ‘The Garibaldi Guard.’ Today, the legacy of Garibaldi and all those who unified Italy lives on in the millions of American women and men of Italian descent who strengthen and enrich our nation.” He added that Garibaldi subsequently lived with the true inventor of the telephone, Antonio Meucci, in the home that now houses the Garibaldi- Meucci Museum in Staten Island.

A celebration of the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification at the Italian American Museum at 155 Mulberry Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy. To share the cheer, a bit of the bubbly was poured by Jeannie Russo-Winner into the glass of James McTaggart of Brooklyn. Photo by Joseph M. Calisi Copyright 2022 All Rights Reserved

At the conclusion of the Consul-General’s remarks, Dr. Scelsa introduced actor/playwright Mario Fratti and actress Laura Caparotti. The one-act play was an accurate but humorous interview about Garibaldi’s life and the mother of four of his children, Anita.

Joseph Calisi
Joseph Calisihttps://josephmcalisiphotography.com/
International Transportation Photojournalist and Syndicator of News Stories and Images Since 1993 TV credits include Telly Award finalist (11-minute documentary on the last days of mainline steam trains in the world in China) and NY Emmy Award nominee for a news magazine story on the 75th anniversary of NY’s IND subway.

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