Antonio Meucci -
Antonio Meucci was born in San Frediano,
near Florence in Italy, in April 1808. He studied design and mechanical engineering
at Florence's Academy of Fine Arts. In 1835 he left Italy for Cuba to take a job at
the Teatro Tacon in Havana. After
a 15 year stay in Cuba where Meucci conducted numerous experiences with
electricity (Antonio loved devices!) he and his wife Ester came to New York
in 1850 where they purchased a house in the Rosebank section of Staten
The Meucci house, now the museum, is 160 years old!
Here, Meucci had a marginal living as an inventor
and a candle maker.
The original candle furnace Meucci and Garibaldi
Antonio Meucci is now generally recognized as
being the true original inventor of the telephone. He created several
prototype devices and filed several initial preliminary patents.
The only remaining prototypes of Meucci's telephone,
including his mechanical drawings and descriptions.
Meucci's telephone company stock
However, his business was performing very poorly.
Late in his life Meucci was severely injured in an accident and, unable to
earn an income for his family, his wife Ester was forced to sell most of his
telephone prototypes for a mere $6 to feed the family (later when Meucci
recovered and tried to buy back the prototypes he was told they had been
repurchased by "a young man" who's name wasn't known, but some believe it
was someone related to or working with Alexander Graham Bell).
While Meucci had a temporary patent on his
telephone invention, he could never raise the $250 needed in that day to
file a permanent patent (a large sum of money for the time). We he was
injured his family did not have the $12 to renew the temporary patent and it
lapsed. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell filed his telephone patent. A
legal battle ensued but in spite of dozens of sworn statements from very
credible sources about the originality of Meucci's telephone, Antonio lost
the case (it was said the judge had stock on Bell's company).
Antonio Meucci died in 1896, and along with his
death so went the legal battles trying to get back the patent for the
Giuseppe Garibaldi - Garibaldi was
born on July 4th, 1807 in Nice, Italy. Italy at the time was a country
divided into several territories. As he grew up he became a strong advocate
for reunification. In 1848 thru 1849 Garibaldi fought in Italy against
Napoleon. His wife, Anita, fought along with him. She died in 1849 while she
and Garibaldi retreated from the defense of Rome against the combined forces
of Austria, France, Spanish and Neapolitan troops.
Garibaldi's military uniform.
Garibaldi's military pistol.
In 1850 Garibaldi came to America and landed in
New York. Antonio Meucci offered him the hospitality of his home in Staten
A chair made by Garibaldi during his stay with
A paino made by Garibaldi during his stay with
In 1854 Garibaldi returned to Italy. In 1859 he
was appointed General of the Austro-Piedmontese war. Through 1860 Garibaldi
played a key role in the war to free Sicily and re-unify all of Italy.
Throughout the next 20 years, war swept across the Italian land and
Garibaldi fought win the independence and unity of Italy. He died on June 2,
1882 having established himself as an icon of 19th century revolutionary
nationalism and liberalism.
Emily Gear has been the director of this museum
for 6 years. In that time she, her staff, and visitors have experienced a
number of unusually activities. In particular, activity seems to have
increased in the past 2 years as the museum has been opened to paranormal
She states the following experiences have been
- Shadows moving through the second floor rooms
and especially the first and second floor hall ways.
- Voices in the second floor office (formerly the
- The closet door in the second floor library
room is said to open on it's own.
- String feelings of fear and anxiety are
experienced in the library room.
- Voices in the first floor gallery room.
- Both cold and hot spots throughout the
- Strong and foul orders in various rooms.
- Strong feeling of foreboding.
Additionally, Emily has had people with a "Frank's
Box" (aka. Telephone To The Dead) investigate several times. She says very
forceful messages have come through. One entity has stated it doesn't like
people there and is trying to drive them out. Another group of entities is
searching for something they say is hidden in the building.
Emily said things seem to happen more often
between midnight and 3am, and when she is present.
The Investigation Team
LIPI's investigation team was lead by Lead
Investigators Mike Cardinuto and Robert Levine. Other members in attendance
were Jaiem Fleischmann, Justin "Credible" DiGangi, Peter Ferraro, and Paul
Guarino. Emily Gear, the museum the director, also was present during
LIPI Lead Investigator Mike Cardinuto (back right) in
the gallery room discussing the
investigation plan with investigators Peter Ferraro, Justin DiGangi and Paul
Justin unloads gear for the investigation.
Long Island Paranormal Investigators sets up an HQ
area for the investigation.
A group of investigators and case managers from Long Island Paranormal Investigators had visited the museum
a few weeks before the official investigation to review the layout and
better understand the needs of the environment and the clients.
Long Island Paranormal Investigators' Lead
Investigator Mike Cardinuto with
Thelma D'Amico (left) and Cheryl Wittmann check the
(formerly the Meucci's bedroom) during a prior day trip to the museum.
Long Island Paranormal Investigators' Lead
Investigator Mike Cardinuto looks over the
second floor Library Room
during a prior day trip to the museum.
LIPI Lead Investigators Mike Cardinuto and Robert
Levine review the case management
documents before beginning the investigation.
The Investigation Equipment
For investigating this museum LIPI used our 4
camera DVR system, our
Hi8 Video Camera,
analog audio recorders,
digital photography and
35mm photography, a variety of
EMF detectors including the
K2 meter and
IM-176 Geiger counter, and our
remote temperature data logger.
Some of the hand-held equipment LIPI used on this
The DVR system's IR cameras were placed in the first floor gallery room, the
second floor library room, second floor bed room, and second floor office.
LIPI Tech Manager Justin "Credible" DiGangi and investigator/tech specialist
planning the DVR camera setup.
Tech specialist Paul
sets up a DVR
camera in the gallery room.
The Investigation Plan
The plan called a
lights out investigation with for
two teams of 2 investigators each to spend time investigating the second
floor and basement of the museum. Due to the small size of the building and
the ease of noise traveling investigating this museum a third team of
a pair of investigators remained on the main floor to monitor the DVR and
periodically check the gallery room and hallway. Teams would rotate
throughout the night giving everyone a chance to investigate the whole area
as well as bring different equipment to each location.
After a brief break for dinner, LIPI began our
lights our investigation of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum according to the
The LIPI investigation team breaks for dinner before
starting the investigation.
The Director's office, formerly a bedroom.
Empathic Specialist Peter Ferraro conducts EVPs in
the hallway on the second floor.
Inside the second floor Library Room. The door on
right is said to open on its own.
Another view from inside the second floor Library
The second floor Garibaldi's bedroom.
Garibaldi's rifles and sword in the bedroom.
The first floor hallway facing the main entrance.
The actual (original) front of the house is behind the house.
Lead Investigator Robert Levine checks Trifield EMF
readings in the basement.
Some of the original house foundation can still be
seen in the basement.
Investigators Rob Levine and Peter Ferraro monitor
the DVR in the HQ room
while museum Director Emily Geer watches too.
Close up view of our DVR monitor during the
Empathic specialist and group sensitive Peter Ferraro
writes up his report near the end of the investigation.
Findings and Conclusion:
Long Island Paranormal Investigators was unable to
confirm paranormal activity at the museum. The audio, video photographic
evidence collected by Long Island Paranormal Investigators did not reveal
any potential paranormal activity.
However, additional investigations at the museum are
being planned. The results will be posted to this page when completed.
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