The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is the official State museum chronicling all eras of American immigration. A historical site that was the first port of contact for millions of people in pursue of the “American Dream”, this is now a working museum.
From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island was America’s largest and most active immigration station, where over 12 million immigrants were processed. On average, the inspection process took approximately 3-7 hours. For the vast majority of immigrants, Ellis Island truly was an “Island of Hope” – the first stop on their way to new opportunities and experiences in America. For the rest, it became the “Island of Tears” – a place where families were separated and individuals were denied entry into the United States.
The museum is also in charge of a true American icon, the Statue of Liberty at Liberty Island, that is visited by 4 million people each year.
Kent State University is one of 76 public higher-research universities and is ranked in the top-tier list of Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report. With eight campuses spanning Northeast Ohio, a College of Podiatric Medicine, a Regional Academic Center, and academic sites in major world capitals such as New York City, Geneva and Florence, Kent State is one of Ohio’s leading public universities and a major educational, economic and cultural resource far beyond the Northeast Ohio region it has served since 1910. The addition of new learning environments from the sciences to the arts and the development of new academic programs, such as aerospace engineering, geographic information science and business analytics, characterize Kent State’s focus on transformational educational experiences.
Opera di Santa Croce and Kent State University celebrates a collaborative partnership around the creation of Sisters in Liberty: From Florence, Italy, to New York, New York. Centerpieces of Kent’s participation are the 3D-printed reproduction of Liberty of Poetry by Pio Fedi and the Wick Poetry Center’s Listening Wall.
Founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the Union and the policies of President Abraham Lincoln, The Union League of Philadelphia laid the philosophical foundation of other Union Leagues across a nation torn by civil war. The League has hosted US presidents, heads of state, industrialists, entertainers and dignitaries from around the globe and has proudly supported the American military in each conflict since the Civil War. The Union League continues to be driven by its motto, Amor Patriae Ducit or Love of Country Leads.
The Union League of Philadelphia, ranked the #1 City Club in the Country, is a shining jewel of history in a city defined by such treasure.
The Union houses in its collection the Bust of Lincoln, one of the 5 works of art by Pio Fedi located in the USA, which will feature in the exhibition at the Ellis Island.
This year, the U.S. Consulate in Florence is celebrating its 200th year of existence. The United States has enjoyed strong linkages to Tuscany since before our Independence, and relations between our two countries are better than they have ever been. One of the primary reasons for this enduring partnership is the multitude of individual ties between Americans and Italians that draw us ever closer together.
For more than 200 years, Santa Croce has been a bridge between Italy and the United States. But the story is still being written. In October 2019, the “Sisters in Liberty” exhibition will bring the story of the Fedi’s and Bartholdi’s statues to the Ellis Island Museum in New York. Meanwhile, every day hundreds of Americans will visit (or revisit) the marvels of Santa Croce and feel at home in the church that Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote was “built for the human race.”
Friends of Florence is a U.S. non-profit organization supported by individuals from around the world who are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the cultural and historical integrity of the arts in the city and surrounding area of Florence, Italy.
Friends of Florence provides financial support directly to the city’s restoration laboratories to restore, safeguard, and make available to the public a broad range of art from paintings and sculptures, to architectural elements and collections of smaller objects. Through educational programs and events, Friends of Florence strives to increase public understanding and an appreciation of the glorious city of Florence and its abundant treasures.
A generous contribution by Friends of Florence allowed for the first ever comprehensive restoration of Fedi’s Liberty of Poetry (April – June, 2019)