Yesterday afternoon saw the launch of the Michael Vincent Addorisio Collection, a new exhibit and online collection celebrating the life and legacy of a fallen World War II sailor from Fitchburg. The Michael Vincent Addorisio (Addorizzi) Family Collection, including 93 letters, postcards, and medals, depicting a military life that was tragically cut short while serving on the USS Reid during World War II. The collection is curated by the fallen sailor’s niece, Rose Anne Addorisio, and is preserved in the library archives through a collaboration with the university’s Center for Italian Culture (CIC). Ms. Addorisio is a member of the CIC’s board.
Guests in Presidents’ Hall were welcomed by President Richard Lapidus, and President of the CIC Ann Clementi. Afterward, Asher Jackson, Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library Archivist, interviewed Rose Anne Addorisio, who shared her personal stories of many of the items in the archives.