Regarding your story “Future Uncertain For Italian Stranded in Falmouth,” I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Vittorio Fabris on June 14. This is to correct the record of what transpired at the Nantucket Whaling Museum, and which is contrary in the extreme to the article printed in this paper on June 6.

In my meeting with Mr. Fabris, and now accompanied by a translator, he refuted the statement that he presented a piece of sculpture to staff, categorically denied that he was asked to leave, and quite to the contrary, had an enjoyable experience at the museum free of charge.

This comports with our own internal assessment of what occurred on his first visit here. Whaling Museum staff escorted Mr. Fabris to the Nantucket Visitors Center. It was there that a small metal piece was presented, but obviously the center has no mechanism nor mandate for accepting artwork, even if the language barrier could be surmounted. Simple fact-checking would have uncovered these facts and prevented a story from being written that unduly maligned my visitor service staff, who are consummate professionals. Don’t take my word for it, but rather visit the Whaling Museum and experience it for yourself.

James Russell

Gosnell executive director

Nantucket Historical Association

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