Italian American Digest DIGEST Fall 2017 FINAL (1) - Page 16

PAGE 16 I talian A merican D igest FALL 2017 Los Angeles Museum Celebrates the Sicilian Spirit T by Laura Guccione his August the Italian-American Museum of Los Angeles cele- brated its first birthday. The research for the museum was a labor of love for Marianna Gatto, the executive director and an Italian herself with a connection to Louisiana. “My grandmother’s family, the Cortese side, immigrated from Lucca Sicula (Agrigento) Sicily to the Unit- ed States in the mid-1890s,” Marian- na explains. “They entered through the port of Louisiana as many Sicil- ians did, shortly after the lynching of eleven Italians. M