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Tulare County Museum set to debut new Italian heritage exhibit

The Tulare County Museum is set to celebrate their newest exhibition in the History of Tulare County Farm Labor and Agriculture Museum on Sunday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m. 

Officials at the History of Tulare County Farm Labor & Agriculture Museum, located in Mooney Grove Park in Visalia, will host a reception in honor of the opening of its newest exhibit: "Passion Produces Excellence: Commemorating Italian Experiences in Tulare County" from 1pm - 3pm on Sunday, October 26, 2014.  Admission to the park and the museum is free. 

The museum has collaborated with members of the local Italian community to create a display that will tell the story of the influence that this community has had on Tulare County. "In 1930, these Italian Immigrants formed Roma Lodge to carry on the Italian Culture in Tulare County," stated Larry Dutto, Provost of the COS Tulare College Center. "The lodge has been active for the Order of the Sons of Italy in America for 85 years."

Photographs and artifacts from local Italian families aim to showcase the Italian culture, which includes a wide variety of elements such as items used in the dairy business, grape industry, and walnut production, items that give recognition to strong ambition, and family heirlooms from Italy. "Early settlers to Tulare County came to this area because of the rich agriculture lands," said Dutto. "Many of these early immigrants were farmers and dairymen who came from Italy with the knowledge and hard work they needed to build their businesses."

The exhibit opening program will include: Traditional music played by a live accordion player and brief talks by community members featured in the accompanying video produced by Tulare County Office of Education.  Deli meats, cheeses, and traditional Italian cookies, provided by the Sons of Italy, will be available for tasting during the event. For more information, contact Amy King, Curator of the Tulare County Museum at (559) 733-6616.


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