Maurice Perret: Scholar of the Italian-speaking Swiss

img_1689 by Tony Quinn

The Swiss American Historical Society has just published a new book that was sent to all its members, “Emigrant Paths, Encounters with 20th Century Swiss Americans.”  Among the people portrayed in the book is Maurice Perret, a French Swiss geographer from Neuchatel who was born in 1911 and died in 1996. Continue reading

Tamagni grandfather built house of stone

by Robert J. Ransom, Jr., United States

My grandfather Cesare Augusto Tamagni, 1882-1962 was born in Bellinzona and my grandmother Giuseppa (Buletti) Tamagni, 1889-1997 in St. Antonio. I believe my grandmother was raised around the small villages of Carena and Mellirolo, the villages of my Sarina and Buletti ancestors. Continue reading

Any one out there with these names in family tree?

By genealogist Jill Sybalsky, United States

Are any of these names in your family tree?

Marci, Cerini, Malugani, Lanini, Patà, Ferrini, Giottonini, Lesnini, Tamò, Perozzi, Sonognini, Gernardini, Matasci, Volpini, Lucchini, Berunda, Bianchi, Ferrasci, Dughi, Cantoni, Jop/Joppi, Miossi, Pinana, Martella, Fratessa, Franchini, Bustelli, Capini, Carletta and Danini. 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

Singing traditional folk songs

by Nicole Tami, United States

My father moved North to the German-speaking  part of Switzerland in his early twenties and married my mother who came from Bern. I was born in Zurich. After my parents separated, my mother and I immigrated to the United States which has been my primary home since I was eight years old. Our Ticino heritage is preserved primarily through cultural practices such as food and language. We regularly eat dishes such as polenta, risotto, and pasta. Continue reading

How I discovered America as a child

By Giorgio Cheda

The idea of preserving the memory of the Ticinesi who emigrated to California between 1850 and 1950 dates from my adolescent years. My reading of Salgari and Kipling inspired me to travel the world in the footsteps of their intrepid heroes, comparing their stories with the unembellished, but true, accounts of my father and grandfather, both of whom had survived an experience common to many peasant farmers from the Alps. Continue reading