Museum Updates

Liture goes to bat for the museum

World War II Navy Veteran Carl Liture may be 92 but there’s plenty of fight left in him. When he heard our donation box was a little worse for the wear, he sprang into action, crafting a Plexiglas replacement, decorating it in the colors of America and Italy, and bestowing it upon the museum. Many thanks to Carl as well […]
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American Legion District stages outreach session

For the second year running, Division 1 of the American Legion hosted its annual outreach session at the Italian American Veterans Museum. On March 12, more than a dozen post commanders assembled at the museum for breakfast and a general meeting, after which they took to the phones to rally involvement from past and at-large members. “The museum is the […]
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American Legion District hosts stirring service

Officers of the American Legion Department of Illinois, 9th District, and 9th District Auxiliary, held their Post Everlasting ceremony at Casa Italia on March 23. The ceremony is held annually in remembrance of 9th District Legion Family members who died over the last year.  Representing the 9th District Legion were Commander Greg Jacobs; Sr. Vice Commander Lorenzo Fiorentino; Jr. Adjutant […]
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Giving Tuesday a HUGE success!

Thanks to the overwhelming kindness of our friends and matching-grant benefactors, the Italian American Veterans Museum was able to raise NEARLY $7,000 in the course of our Giving Tuesday campaign. Those funds will prove crucial during the lean winter months ahead. We’d like to acknowledge those benefactors whose matching funds proved so pivotal to the success of our campaign: Retired […]
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Helping to rebuild war-torn Bosnia

IAVM President Renato Bacci offered a bird’s-eye view of a war-torn country on the mend during a revealing AV presentation on Nov. 14 at the museum. The retired Army Colonel arrived in Sarajevo on January 27, 1996, with an MBA and 24 years as a banking executive under his belt. His mission? To help rebuild the banking system in Bosnia […]
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Bacci offers insights, shares memories on podcast

The Italian American Podcast invited IAVM President Renato Bacci as their guest on a Nov. 9 episode dedicated to Veterans Day. Bacci spoke about the contributions of Italian Americans to our nation’s military history; shed light on the museum’s mission, exhibits and activities; and shared memories of his own military experiences, including the difference between the meals served by the […]
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Museum welcomes dental group

IAVM Curator Steve Corbo gave members of the Arcolian Dental Arts Society a guided tour of the Italian American Veterans Museum on Oct. 26. Among the visitors was Arcolian President Derek Fornelli, DDS, son of Joe Fornelli, a Huey helicopter crew chief during the Vietnam War who is prominently featured in the museum and played a key role in its […]
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Revealing Illinois’ forgotten military monuments

Retired Army Major Lorenzo Fiorentino wowed an appreciative crowd with his knowledge of Illinois military monuments at an Aug. 22 presentation at the Italian American Veterans Museum. An author of a book on the subject, Fiorentino departed from the text to share several stories not covered in the pages of his well-researched and richly illustrated volume. Audience members were treated […]
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War stories from beyond the grave

Joe Fabiani saw his share of action as a light weapons squad leader with the 2nd Division, 23rd Infantry, East Company, during the Korean War, revealing those sometimes harrowing experiences as part of the Melrose Park Library’s Veterans History Project several years back. Five years after his passing, his niece Sandra Donovan donated a recording of that interview to the […]
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Donor drops a bomb on the museum!

On June 25, Tom Pacyga stopped by the Italian American Veterans Museum to donate a practice bomb that had been used in the training of Navy air crews on Lake Michigan during World War II. Hollow and deceptively light, the bomb had been gathering dust in Pacyga’s garage for decades. He was inspired to make the donation after seeing publicity […]
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