Brani tratti da un articolo apparso su i-ITALY
17 Febbraio 2011
Giuliano Amato, the President of the Commission for the 150th anniversary of the Italian Unification, began his New York visit on the first warm day of one of the coldest winters in recorded history. The visit took place at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Staten Island. Upon arrival, Prof. Amato laid a crown of flowers upon the monument of Antonio Meucci, in the museum’s garden. About thirty students of the Scuola d’Italia G. Marconi were also awaiting for him. They sang the Italian national anthem, and were joined by the ex-Prime Minister. Together with listening to Amato’s brief excursus about the Italian unification, the students also had the opportunity of visiting the two-floor villa, once the home of the two illustrious Italians. The beautiful Victorian style house in Staten Island, the borough with the highest concentration of Italian-Americans in the United States, hosted Garibaldi and Meucci between 1850 and 1853. The two survived by making and selling candles. It is also where the latter perfected the invention of the telephone. One of the museum’s missions is, in fact, to preserve the heritage of Antonio Meucci, the first true inventor of the telephone. The President of the Commission for the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification speaking of his afternoon in Staten Island remarked how Garibaldi and Meucci represent two great Italian ideals: courage and creativity.