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Consul General Perrone visits New Mexico (April 14-16, 2013)



Consul General Perrone visits New Mexico (April 14-16, 2013)
During his first official visit to New Mexico, Consul General Perrone stopped in Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, meeting with local authorities (including Governor Susana Martinez and Santa Fe Mayor David Coss) and the representatives of the main Italian associations in the “Land of Enchantment”. Among these Albuquerque’s Italian Club, Italian Cultural Society of Taos, Italian American Association of Rio Rancho, Order Sons of Italy in Santa Fe’.

The visit was aimed at stressing the historic character of the Italian presence in New Mexico dating back to the second half of the XIX century, when the first Italians came to the State and found employment in the mining sector and food and restaurant business. The history of Italians in New Mexico reveals a prompt and successful integration in the social fabric of the State, already deeply influenced by the existing Hispanic and Latin culture. People of Italian heritage continue today to play a vital role in all areas of the State’s social, economic and cultural life, thereby greatly contributing to its continuing progress.
In Taos Consul General Perrone participated in the inauguration of the exhibit “Italy and the artists of Taos” at the Old World Fine Art Gallery, where ten renowned artists displayed much admired artwork inspired by their Italian heritage and their experience living in New Mexico.

During the visit, the Consul General was the guest-speaker at the School of Management of the University of New Mexico. Introduced by Dean Doug Brown, the Consul General made official remarks on the history of the Italian presence in New Mexico as a basis upon which to build in order to further strengthen existing ties including in academic cooperation between UNM and Italian universities. After hearing introductions by attending teachers and students, the Consul General acknowledged the widespread presence of Italians within UNM staff and departments and praised the University’s commitment to expanding exchanges with Italian counterparts.

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