Tourist Attraction in Cerignola: Museo Etnografico Cerignolano
The Cerignolano Ethnographic Museum is an ethno-anthropological museum structure conceived and realized by Professor Matteo Stuppiello in 1979. It preserves relevant material the ancient trades and religious traditions. The collection is made up of objects of minor religious art (santini, bells and figures of popular devotion), work tools and costumes of peasant civilization. The museum, after changing various locations, is currently housed in a nineteenth-century palace in the city. It consists of approximately 2,000 objects collected and cataloged in chronological order, exhibited in multiple rooms and stored in two stores. The museum is divided into several sectors such as: cereal farming, peasant civilization, missing local crafts, pastoralism, minor religious art, brotherhoods, urban police, clothing (19th and 20th century), litoteca, heraldry, inscriptions, correspondence, ancient texts, Monsignor Antonio Palladino, school and weights and measures. The museum also has an archive of texts and documents. In the "A" sector, antique books (some dating back to the 16th century) and old postcards of the city are on display. The sector "B" houses sacred statues (some preserved inside glass bells), the uniforms of the body of the Vigili Urbani and of the Confraternities and clothes belonging to wealthy people; all dating back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The "C" sector is entirely dedicated to furnaces, whose use in Cerignola has been documented since the 18th century. These at first were located in the current Piazza Duomo but, following the urban expansion of the city, were moved up to the so-called Zona Fornaci, now a residential area. In the "D" sector are preserved artifacts ranging from the Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century. Fragments of ceramics and glass are exhibited to which are added friezes, inscriptions and bas-reliefs and episcopal heraldry of the Diocese of Cerignola-Ascoli Satriano. In this sector the image of the Madonna di Ripalta and its mantle are also exhibited, both donated in 1932 by two Italian-Americans. The "E" sector is dedicated to a series of crafts related to local crafts and now disappeared. For example, there are the cooper (cooperating in the construction of barrels), the funaio (ropeman), the stonemason (responsible for creating plastic decorations for entrances, stairways and cornices) and many other works that do not exist now. more. The "F" sector is the last of the museum and contains the reconstruction of the modest home of a laborer.