Museum Updates

Our June 9 event has “sold out”! Check out what’s next!

The IAVM’s June 9 conversation with a trio of WWII veterans has proven so popular that we’ve maxed out the capacity of our museum. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to a successful turnout. We encourage you to sign up for these upcoming events: Experience the liberation of Italy in WWII! A documentary about the pivotal role the 10th […]
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When Italians in America were “Enemy Aliens”

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, the Italian American Veterans Museum will present a revealing documentary about the treatment of Italian citizens living in the United States during World War II. During the war, the U.S government restricted the actions and freedoms of 600,000 Italian residents of the United States. All were declared “Enemy Aliens,” and many were placed […]
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Troiani to helm Veterans Museum

The Italian American Veterans Museum ushered in a new slate of officers with the new year, electing retired Navy Cdr. Joseph Edward Troiani, Ph.D., as president. “I’m proud to serve as president of the museum in honor of family members who served in the military before me,” Troiani says. Troiani’s grandfather Joseph Troiani served in the U.S. Army during World […]
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Corbo conducts tour of museum

On March 21, IAVM Curator Steve Corbo took (from left) Fred Ruiz, Ray Trzeciak, Tim Clark, and Roger Laurella on a tour of the museum. Laurella and Trzeciak are supporters of the Disabled American Veterans. Ruiz is a U.S. Army Veteran and Clark has a son in the U.S. Army who has served three tours of duty in Iraq/Afghanistan. All […]
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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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