Love for history keeps us close: the Italian Cultural Society of Washington and the beauty of learning Italian

Apr 14, 2021 440

In the US Capitol building, there is a marble bust of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the popular hero of the Italian Risorgimento, signed Giuseppe Martegana, 1888. The official catalogue “Art in the United States Capitol” lists the bust as the  gift of members of the Italian Society of Washington, Citizens of Italian descent, 1888. 

1888: Italy was a very young nation back then, only 17. The US, on the other hand, had already over a century of common history as a unified nation. The American Dream had already reached  the Belpaese, where young men and women longed for a better future in the land of all freedoms, but ached at the idea of leaving their homes behind at the same time.

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