Museum Updates

Museum bids adieu to Angie Imbrogno

The Italian American Veterans Museum lost one of its staunchest supporters with the passing of Angeline Imbrogno. Angie and her husband, Ralph (pictured), were among the museum’s founding board members. A longtime leader of the Italian American War Veterans Auxiliary, she served as president of the Joseph Gentile Post #2 as well as state and national president. She spent her […]
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1st Cav Chapter convenes at museum

The Sheridan’s Chapter of the 1st Cavalry Division Association once again gathered at the museum, hosting their quarterly meeting and introducing first-time visitors to our many wonderful exhibits. “A few of our members were seeing the museum for the first time and they were very impressed with the exhibits,” says Chapter Secretary Donna Pacanowski. Several items donated by chapter members […]
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Family donates items in honor of Fecarotta

When longtime board member Diana Fecarotta passed away, it was only natural for the family to donate her memorabilia and that of her uncle to the museum. Among the trove of documents and realia presented by first cousins Phil Zarcone and Barbara Eakin were hats belonging to Diana and their great-uncle, Pfc. Frank Lombardino, who died while serving in the […]
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Italian Consul General pays visit to museum

The International Press Club of Chicago hosted an eye-opening presentation by Italian Consul General Thomas Botzios on July 29 at the museum. The Consul General was introduced by IPCC President Wayne Toberman. Overseeing an 11-state jurisdiction, Botzios spoke proudly of the enormous positive economic impact Italy is having on America, with more than 100 Italian companies boasting presences in his […]
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Lifting the veil on Chinese, Soviet threats

Museum First Vice President Joseph Troiani will deliver his second annual non-classified national security briefing at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 27. Troiani held a capacity crowd spellbound last April, detailing the risks to world peace posed by Russia and China and offering chilling accounts of their expansionist philosophies and tactics. The retired Navy Commander will bring new attendees up […]
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Museum welcomes Legion National Commander!

The 1st Division and 9th District of the American Legion had the privilege of hosting the National Commander Vincent J. “Jim” Troiola and Department (IL) Commander Lomac A. Payton at the Italian American Veterans Museum on May 19. American Legion officers and members from across the Chicago area were in attendance. The event was spearheaded by 9th District Commander and […]
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Corbo welcomes kindred spirits to the museum

On March 29, 2023, IAVM Curator Steve Corbo gave a tour of the museum to USMC Veteran Ray Stripling, board member of the Friends of Fisher House Illinois and Veteran Mel Twining, founder of the Michael Nathan Twining Foundation and Champions 4 Heroes. Fisher House is a network of housing facilities where military and Veteran families may stay at no […]
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Martello talks up museum in Tinley Park

Vietnam Veteran and Far South Side historian C.J. Martello spoke about the Italian American Veterans Museum at a meeting of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s Leone D’Oro Lodge #2700 on March 20, 2023, at the American Legion Hall in Tinley Park. Martello is the author of Petals From Roseland, a column about the Far South Side […]
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85th Division alums pay a visit to the museum

The Friends of the 85th Division, made up mostly of alumni of the 85th Training Division, holds luncheon meetings semiannually near Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The event includes a guest speaker and of course a chance to reminisce with old friends.  This year’s meeting was held in the Banquet Center at Casa Italia on Nov. 10. IAVM President and […]
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