Museum Updates

In fond memory of Dr. Paul Rubino

The Italian American Veterans Museum lost one of its most avid supporters with the passing of Paul Joseph Rubino, MD. Educated at St. Ignatius High School, Loyola University and Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, Paul as a Naval surgeon tending to often-critically wounded military personnel during the Vietnam War. Upon discharge, he joined the Family Medical Group in Joliet, where […]
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Museum hosts stirring Band concert

The Lincoln Land Brass Band performed for an appreciative audience on Oct. 22 in the Ballroom of the Community Center at Casa Italia. Officially known as Illinois Army National Guard’s 144th Army Band, the 12-member ensemble served up a stirring mix of patriotic pieces and traditional marches. The concert was capped off by a medley of official music from every […]
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Museum hosts a stellar inaugural wine festival

The Italian American Veterans Museum took a leap of faith when it decided to stage its first-ever wine festival, and the outcome was nothing short of spectacular. More than 200 wine lovers converged on the Festival Center at Casa Italia on Sept. 18 for Festival del Vino. The weather was picture perfect and the venue was magically decorated with banners, […]
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IAVM showcases African-American bravery

Americans of color have fought bravely for their country in every war from the American Revolution to the present, but that story has only recently been told in movies like “Glory” and books like “Strength for the Fight.” Today, those tales of valor are being celebrated across the Chicago area, thanks to History on Wheels. A groundbreaking mobile museum that […]
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‘Taps’ isn’t just for buglers anymore

At 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, musicians around the country lent their talents to Taps Across America’s National Moment of Remembrance. The organization called upon all Americans to pause then for a minute to remember those who died in military service to the United States. Those who could were asked to mark the moment by playing “Taps.” Undaunted by his […]
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Troiani lifts the veil on Soviet, Chinese threats

Museum First Vice President Joseph Troiani delivered a riveting national security briefing at a recent museum fundraiser. A retired Navy Commander and Associate Professor of Psychology at Adler University in Chicago, Troiani detailed the risks to world peace posed by Russia and China, offering chilling accounts of their expansionist philosophies and tactics. Dubbed “A Night at the Museum,” the event […]
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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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