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The Antonio Meucci Lodge #213 is a member of The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), the oldest and largest national organization in the United States of Italian American men and women. Founded in 1905 to help early Italian immigrants, OSIA is the nation's leading Italian American service and advocacy organization. Our White Plains, NY-based Lodge is one of more than 650 lodges or chapters coast-to-coast that comprise the OSIA's grass roots network. Together, our Brothers and Sisters work on various national and local levels to promote Italian American culture and heritage while contributing to our communities. We do this by way of awarding scholarships, funding medical research, providing disaster relief, preserving cultural projects and more.
Membership in the Antonio Meucci Lodge #213 is local membership in The Order Sons of Italy (OSIA) in America, the oldest and largest national organization in the United States of Italian American men and women. With its national headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., OSIA also inlcudes various affiliated organizations:
1) The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) is a private, philanthropic institution established by OSIA in 1959. To date, the SIF has given nearly $117 Million to scholarships, medical research, cultural preservation, disaster relief, and other causes.
2) The Commission for Social Justice® (CSJ) is the anti-defamation arm of OSIA. The CSJ is committed to fighting racism, prejudice, and the stereotyping of all races, religions and cultures, especially Italians and Italian Americans.
3) The SIF owns the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Staten Island, N.Y. The museum is housed in the historic home of inventor Antonio Meucci and chronicles his life as well as that of his one-time house guest, Italian unifier Giuseppe Garibaldi.
OSIA has many programs and works at the community, state, national and international levels to promote Italian Americans and their culture. To find out more about their specific programs, visit the national OSIA website at www.osia.org.
In addition to participating in OSIA programs at the local level, Antonio Meucci Lodge members have the added benefits of being able to rent our beautiful lodge facilities for themselves and their immediate families, and can apply for our scholarships on behalf of their children or grandchildren.