Romanian Folk Art Museum:
33+Years of Accomplishments in Enriching the American Culture and promoting Romania
The Romanian Folk Art Museum is a non-profit
organization established in 1983 in Chicago. Since
Nov.1998 it inhabits an exhibit space and gallery in
center city Philadelphia due the generosity of Perciali

It displays part of the largest folk art/village artifacts
collection outside of Romania and from Europe in US,
the last additions being a 40ft trailer of furniture in
2002 and 1000 Easter Eggs in 2003.

It  has a branch in Princeton - the depositary of printed
and visual materials library, archives, and the Percialis
artifacts folkloric collection, the largest European one
in the U.S. Also, since 2002 a branch in Romania.

Please email for details on our 34th Anniversary
or call Michael Perciali, 609-281-8525, evenings

In April and May '17 please visit us in Philadelphia and  
in June and July in Brasov - the charming medieval
mountain resort of Transylvania (we can arrange for

The museum's main founder, Rodica Perciali, a former
teacher, has been volunteering continously  for over
35 years for culture, more than any Romanian
immigrant ever. With the help of her family and
hundreds of Americans, Romanian-Americans and
Romanians, she has organized over 120 public
itinerant exhibits and educational programs and
activities in the U.S. and in Romania. These include
large and small artifacts exhibits, participations in
festivals and fairs with cultural/commercial stands, a
traveling photographic exhibit of the history of the
Romanian immigration, audio visual lectures, round
tables in universities, public libraries, and churches,
programs of economic promotion, opening of two
galleries/shop, and, since 1989, in Romania : some
projects and many dozen activities such as  
presentations, round tables, meetings, exhibits, press
conferences, etc., in Bucharest and 6 other cities and
towns, many of them covered by the media.

She was awarded the title of "Outstanding American
New Citizen " in 1987 in Chicago and several grants
and prizes.And due to her efforts, communication skills
and the beauty of the Perciali's village artifacts
collections - the largest and most authentic ones form
Europe in US -  the museum and herselve received
huge media coverage. But, saddly, the museum, its
gallery and its Resource and Analysis Center on the
Romanian immigration and on Romania, suffer from
lack of volunteers and of appreciation and
popularization from the part of  Romanian officials.

Please join us in a campaign to SAVE the museum and
to evaluate better solutions which may include to
move the museum to Princeton NJ area, to develop a
the collections or sell a part to save the rest.and to
pay its rent as Percialis' can not donate its space in
Philadelphia anymore.and Mrs. Perciali promote alone.
Newspaper articles about the museum in the
American press, Romanian-American press and
in Romania, 1984-1995. Many more appeared
after that; also there was TV repeated coverage
by NBC, ABC, CNN, WGN, Fox News, and in
Romania. More recently large 2  pages articles in
Princeton Packet ,NJ (march 24, 2006- The Land
beyond the Forest ; The unofficial Ambassador..))
and Philadelphia Inquierer (last, March 20, 08 -
Exquiste Eggs, Egss with a PhD) Since 1990 a
lot of media coverage in Romania, but,
unfortunetely not  after 2008. Which deprives the
Romanian people to learn about our major
succeses in promoting its culture and to develop
similars skills so that can continue the mission

The museum has received awards and public grants and its
events were covered by the American and Romanian media.
One of the most important programs maintained by the
museum for the last 19 years is a Program to Promote
Romanian Artisans.

The Romanian-American League, also a non-profit
organization, was established in 1996 and incorporated in
1999 in Pennsylvania to carry on bridge up programs for
economy, media, civic participation (initiated in 1991 for the
Civic Alliance and CDR) including promoting the Romanian
economy in US.

It maintains an office in Romania, in the beautiful
Transylvanian city of Brasov. Please let us know if you
intend to visit - we will arrange for you to see our beautiful
exhibit of Painted Furniture house there in 5 rooms; it was
produced in 2003-2004 by 3 very talented gypsy artisans.
We would be glad to continue to help them by placing them
orders.You can get an idea from the pictures at the gallery
menu and the current exhibit. But we also carry samples
1606 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103