Thanks to all who made Italian Workingmen's Club celebration a success

Thanks to all who made Italian Workingmen's Club celebration a success

On Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day, the Italian Workingmen's Club opened its exhibit at the Museum of Work and Culture celebrating its 85th anniversary and also its display, celebrating the contributions of the Italian families arriving during the early 1900s, on the life and culture in northern Rhode Island. This ceremony was a rousing success at the museum for all who attended.

Mark Montecalvo of Channel 12 provided an entertaining dialogue along with former mayor Charles Baldelli, who served as master of ceremonies. The exhibit will continue until early November.

We want to thank Ray Bacon and Ann Conway and their staff for hosting this beautiful event and for helping us in every way possible. Thanks must also go to our committee who worked for many months organizing and putting all this together for us. Gary Canestrari, art director, and Scott Gabrielson, videographer, are responsible for the wonderful panels and videos showing the history of the IWC and the Italian families who created this club and who worked so hard to create a new life for themselves here in northern Rhode Island.

George Nasuti, from Woonsocket High School, created a video demonstrating the successes of our athletes, and Ted Ciavarini created a map showing names and locations of businesses of Italian families through the years. Tony Pierannunzi directed the culinary sections, and Gildo Foresti provided historical resources.

Thanks to all others on our committee who made this project successful.

Dr. Arthos Canestrari

Project coordinator