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! ~ ii' TI~IE ITALIAN-~M~RICAN VOICE OF MJL~ACHUSETTS L~ ~-.---I (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) i VOL. 115 - NO. 2 BOSTON, , MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 14, 2011 ! $.30 A COPY VESTA DI TRI-COLORE KICKS OFF Anniversary the ! CELEBRATIONS FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIFICATION OF ITALY On Saturday, January 8, 201 ! Consul General of ttaly, Boston G{useppe Pastorelli and COMITES held an event at Venezia's Restaurant. Many people attended, which, served as an introduction to the many events planned for 2011 in celebration of the Unification of Italy. The official 150~ Anniversary logo was unveiled. An'official ceremony will be held in March at the Massachusetts State House. For more information about upcoming events log onto Rememberimng Italian America's Roots Someone recently passed me a clipping from the NY Times dated December 8 concerning a proposal to create a museum in New York City honoring Italian heritage in America. In the news story, we see that Joseph J. Grano Jr., a third generation Italian-American is looking to honor the heritage and struggles of Italian Americans. He wants to create a $25 million museum devoted to all things Italian. He sees his idea being built on a 124-year-old pier now under renovation in Lower Manhattan. Grano told the NY Times reporter, "Almost every ethnic group has museums. It's about time that Italian Americans memorialize that culture so that succeeding generations can understand their contributions to society." He acknowledges that there is already an Italian iContinued on Page 10) J The Boston Molasses Di- saster, also known as the Great Molasses Flood and the Great Boston Molasses Tragedy, occurred on Janu- ary 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. According to internet sources a large molasses storage tank burst and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph, kill- ing 21 and injuring 150. The Purity Distilling Com- pany, which was located on Commercial Street is where the disaster occurred. Local author Stephen Puleo wrote the book Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, which is an excel- lent source to learn more about this historical tragedy. A plaque at the entrance of Puopoto Park, placed by the Boston Society commemorates the disaster. The plaque, en- titled "Boston Molasses Floodf reads: On January 15, I919, a molasses tank at 529 Commercial Street exploded under pressure, killing 21 people. A 40-foot wave of molasses buckled the elevated railroad tracks, crushed buildings and in- undated the neighborhood. Structural defects in the tank :combined with un~ea- sonably warm temperatures contributed to the disaster. Malcolm Rogers, Director of Museum of Fine Arts, to Receive Foundation for Italian Art & Culture Excellency Award Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), has been ac- corded the 2010 Foundation for Italian Art & Culture (FIAC) Excellency Award dur- ing a dinner reception at the Racquet Club in New York. Also honored at the cer- emony will be Roberto Cecchi, Director and Seore- tary General of the Italian Ministry of Culture. Rogers has made many contributions to the interna- tional cultural community. He was chosen by the FIAC awards committee for his "commitment and resolve to enhance the relationship between Italian and Ameri- can culture." The award and ceremony, funded by the Alexander Bodini Founda- tion, began in 2005 .to ac- knowledge and reward lead- ing- figures both in the United States and Italy who excel in activities relating to all aspects of Italian aulture. The Foundation for Italian Art (FIAC) is a not-for profit organization established in New York City in 2003. Its main purpose is to promote the knowledge of the Italian cultural and artistic tradi- tions from the classical pe'- riod to the contemporary pe- riod in the United States. FIAC works closely with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs and major Italian cul- tural institutions in order to expand the appreciation of Italian art in the United States. The Museum has had a long history with Italy and its great works of art. The MFA's first European sculp- ture -- which also was the first work of contemporary art to enter the Museum's collection -- was Giulio Monteverde's Young Christo- pher Columbus (1871). It was purchased in Rome in 1871 directly from the sculptor by Augustus Porter Chamber- lain, a donor to the MFA, who bought the sculpture to cel- ebrate the incorporation of the MFA in 1870. The follow- ing year, it was given to the MFA's collection prior to the Museum opening its doors (in C0pley Square) in 1876. The Museum's rich collec- tion of art from Italy spans the centuries, from the Ro- man empire to the present, and in media ranging from paintings, decorative arts, and drawings, to musical instru- ments, illustrated books, and textiles. The MFA has also pre- sented numerous exhibi- tions featuring Italian art- ists, isuch as Italian Etch- ers Of the Renaissance & Baroque {1989), Leonardo da Vinci: The Anatomy of Man {1992), The Lure of Italy~ American Artists and the Italian Experience, 1760-1914 (1992), Piranesi and Architectural Fantasy {Continued on Page 15) :1 ij i! THE POST-GAZETllE SATELLITE OFFICE iS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II.'00 AM to 2.00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information