Princess Elettra Marconi Giovanelli tours North America June 2014

ABOUT PRINCESS ELETTRA MARCONI  Princess Elettra Marconi Giovanelli is daughter of Marchese Guglielmo Marconi, the famed “Father of Radio” who received the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work in wireless communication. She is co-author (with her mother, Contessa Maria Cristina Marconi) and editor of Marconi, My Beloved (1995, English translation 1999), which contains eyewitness accounts of her father’s work—including his development of Vatican Radio and his scientific experiments on board the floating laboratory, the steam yacht Elettra.

THE PRINCESS EXPLAINS THE PRACTICAL PURPOSE OF HER VISIT “…to raise funds for the restoration of my father Guglielmo Marconi’s house in Bologna (Italy), a magnificent Renaissance palace, located in the heart of the city, close to the Two Towers, rich in memories and art. My wish has always been that the Palazzo Marconi may become a symbol of encouragement and stimulus for all young people and, in particular, for young talent studying and working in the technology sector”. You can read more about the project in this feature article here, or contact Princess Elettra Marconi about the Palazzo directly here.

PRINCESS ELETTRA MARCONI US / CANADA JUNE 2014 main events (culminating with Sat 28 June conference “NJ: State of Invention” at Rutgers University)

15 June Sunday 12.00pm visit to Sarnoff Collection at The College of New Jersey, Ewing NJ. Press report here.

17 June Tuesday-18 June Wednesday at Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ; Princeton NJ Public Schools; Marconi Park, Franklin Township NJ. Press report here (Rutgers).

19 June Thursday at Senate, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, introduced by Minority Leader Senator Bruce E. Tarr; also MIT, Cambridge MA. See interview with Princess Marconi at MIT here (scroll down to “Marconi Legacy”)

20 June Friday 11.00am program with elementary students Salt Pond Visitor Center, Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham MA. Press reports here (Salt Pond) and here (WRTC-2014).

21 June Saturday 10.00am ribbon-cutting ceremony, Education Center, Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, North Chatham MA. Part of centennial celebration of Marconi campus in Chatham; see additional coverage here.

24 June Tuesday 1.00pm presentation of Marconi Scholarship University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa ON. Part of Canada’s Italian Heritage Month 2014 celebrations. See coverage of UOIT visit here and its new Marconi scholarships here.

25 June Wednesday press conference and roundtable Casa Loma Castle, Toronto ON [10.00am press conference; 1.00pm roundtable discussion, “Imagine a World without Marconi”]. Part of Canada’s Italian Heritage Month 2014 celebrations. See video feature on press conference here; numerous photos of Casa Loma visit, afternoon tea with Ms. Laureen Harper, and benefit gala here.

26 June Thursday Marconi exhibition opening 1.00pm Markham Museum, City of Markham ON. Part of Canada’s Italian Heritage Month 2014 celebrations.

28 June Saturday 1.00-6.00pm conference with keynote address by Princess Marconi Alexander Library, Rutgers University: “NJ: State of Invention”. Registration is free but space is limited; agenda and registration here. [Preceded by 11.00am press conference by Galileo Legacy Foundation / Project G. Marconi 2014, described here.]

29 June Sunday 5.00pm lecture by Princess Marconi Dorothea’s House (Italian cultural center), Princeton NJ. See account here.

30 June Monday 11.00am visit to InfoAge Science History Museum and National Historic Landmark (Wall, NJ) on 101st anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi’s visit to the wireless plant at this location. See coverage here.

COORDINATOR: T. Corey Brennan (Rutgers University)

MAIN SPONSORS: Rutgers University Libraries (NJ); Chatham Marconi Maritime Center (MA); Italian Heritage Canada (ON)

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: Education Division, Cape Cod National Seashore (MA); Galileo Legacy Foundation/Project G. Marconi 2014 (MA+NJ+ON); The Thomas Edison Papers, Rutgers University (Piscataway, NJ)

COLLABORATING SPONSORS: Branden Books (Wellesley, MA); Casa Loma (Toronto, ON); Dorothea’s House (Italian cultural center in Princeton, NJ); Franklin Township, Office of Mayor Brian D. Levine (Somerset County, NJ); InfoAge Science History Museum and National Historic Landmark (Wall, NJ); Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (=IEEE, Piscataway, NJ); International Centre for Capacity Development (Mississauga, ON); Jameson Irish Whiskey (Dublin, Ireland); City of Markham (ON); Markham Museum (Markham, ON); MIT Libraries, Curation and Preservation Services (Cambridge, MA);  National Congress of Italian-Canadians (Toronto, ON); New Jersey Antique Radio Club (member organization of InfoAge, NJ); Princeton Public Schools (NJ); Sarnoff Collection, The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ); Senate, General Court of the Commonwealth of MassachusettsUniversity of Ontario Institute of Technology (Oshawa, ON); WVIA Public Media (PBS affiliate, Pittston, PA)

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