Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

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Garibaldi Memorial
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Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is located in New York City
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum
Location 420 Tompkins Avenue, Staten Island, New York
Coordinates 40°36′54″N 74°4′25″W / 40.61500°N 74.07361°W / 40.61500; -74.07361Coordinates: 40°36′54″N 74°4′25″W / 40.61500°N 74.07361°W / 40.61500; -74.07361
Built ca. 1840
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80002758
Added to NRHP April 17, 1980[1]

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, formerly known as the Garibaldi Memorial, is a circa 1840 Gothic Revival cottage in the Rosebank section of Staten Island, New York. It was home to inventor and candle maker Antonio Meucci (1808–1889).[2] The Italian revolutionary and political leader Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807–1882) lived there from 1851 to 1853.

In 1884 a plaque commemorating Garibaldi's stay was placed on the building, with Meucci in attendance.[2] The house was moved from its original nearby location in 1907 and placed within an open air colonnaded memorial pavilion, which was later removed.[2] The memorial was dedicated in 1907 to mark Garibaldi's 100th birthday.[3] Since then, the site has been the location of a number of protests[4] and celebrations[5] on the anniversary of Garibaldi's birth.

A memorial to Meucci was erected in the front yard in 1923. In 1956 the house was opened as the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, helping to celebrate Italian-American heritage and culture, as well as the lives of Giuseppe Garibaldi and Antonio Meucci. The museum is owned by the National Order Sons of Italy Foundation and administered by the New York Grand Lodge Order Sons of Italy in America.

After a major restoration, the museum was rededicated in a ceremony on July 11, 2009, involving museum president John Dabbene, Salvatore Lanzilotta, president of the New York State Order of the Sons of Italy in America, and U.S. Congressional Representative Michael McMahon.[6]

The site was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c History of the House
  3. ^ "Italians Dedicate Garibaldi Memorial" (PDF). The New York Times. 1907-07-05. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  4. ^ "100 Police Break Up Anti-Fascist Riot". The New York Times. 1932-07-05. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Italian Commission to Honor Garibaldi". The New York Times. 1917-06-17. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  6. ^ Nora Newhouse. Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Staten Island Is Rededicated, Staten Island Advance, July 12, 2009. Retrieved via the SILive.com website, June 15, 2010.

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