JB Monaco: “The Dean of North Beach Photographers”

From Dick Monaco, United States

There were five siblings who emigrated from Verscio to the United States starting with Louis who emigrated in 1859.

Louis was the pioneer and first started work in the mines at Lancha Plana in 1859. Then he moved to Virginia City and Gold City in approximately 1862. He was in several businesses in Nevada and started a photo gallery there in 1869. Continue reading

From the village of Giumaglio, Val Maggia

mark-lesinaby Mark Lesina, United States

Elvezio Giuliano Lesina was born April 18, 1878 in Giumaglio to Giuliano and AnnaMaria Giumini-Lesina and died February 26, 1951 in Crescent City, California. He was the youngest of five children, three of whom immigrated to California. Continue reading

San Francisco – a revival of Italian culture?

The first thing I want to do in San Francisco is to see if there are any visible reminders of the impact the emigranti made on the city. I can’t get out of my mind images of the Ticinesi on board a train in 1890 headed for California as described by businessman and editor, Giorgio Cavalli, in L’Elvezia. Continue reading

San Francisco, la rinascita della cultura italiana?

di Dale Bechtel, swissinfo

La prima cosa che voglio fare a San Francisco è scoprire se ci sono ancora tracce visibili dell’impatto degli emigranti sulla città. Non riesco a togliermi dalla mente l’immagine dei ticinesi che nel 1890 erano a bordo del treno diretto in California, come descritto dall’editore Giorgio Cavalli su L’Elvezia. Continue reading