On August 5, 2016, at 19:00, the “Museum of Memory, Rurality and Emigration and Rural Civilization” was inaugurated at the Castle of Imperiale in Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi.
The works started with an introductory press conference to which all the realizing artists of the permanent exhibition-museum are present in the premises of the first floor of the Castle.
The project was promoted by the Municipality of Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi and has involved several local partners: Gal Cilsi, the Rotary Club Alta Irpinia, the LaBe project and the Cooperativa Intra with the “IGELDA” project.
During the opening ceremony, there were also three prizes awarded to Irpine: Franco Dragone, Davide Maraffino and Paolo Scudiero.
The Museum is divided into three halls: the first dedicated to the “Rotary Club Alta Irpinia” and concerns the Italian emigration to America; The second dedicated to Italian American Mario Fischetti originally from Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi, emigrated to the United States; The third curated by the LaBe working group and the “Igelda” project concerning irpine emigration in America and in Europe the Peasant Civilization.
Emigration linked to the peasant world, which is at the base of our culture characterized by the cultivation of fields and crafts.
An important stage for the realization of the exhibition-museum was to listen to the oral testimonies of the elderly in the country and to find also private photographers of past times, work done within the project “IGELDA” directed by the Social Cooperative INTRA of Avellino .
Visiting the museum means living on its own skin a past made up of traditions and culture of inestimable historical value characterized by poverty that has driven several groups of people to leave for distant lands in search of luck.
Once launched, the key goals for the near future will be to involve schools, university institutes, research institutes and all relevant sector agencies to increase the collection and to allow an increasing audience to know this important piece of history.
In addition to preserving the memory of rural society, preserving and making available to the public the “material” and “immaterial” testimonies of the peasant world, the Museum will address its
Attention to the didactic and laboratory field, with initiatives specially designed to make it available to teachers and students of schools of varying order and degree by including in this course the disabled children of the Centro Giada di Rocca San Felice, already engaged in the realization of small objects made By hand, as guides inside the Museum itself.
The goal of the initiative is to encourage inclusion and social inclusion by learning from outside the numerous initiatives that the kids of the center participate in as protagonists and the positive effects they have on the development of personal autonomy, as expected Also from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.