Book Club Talk: Italians in Wisconsin

(Author’s Note: Through Facetime, I’ve joined Book Clubs around the country, answered questions about Birds of Passage, and spoke about early Italian immigrant history. I’d be delighted to have Facetime conferences with other interested Book Clubs.)   The Erie Canal, completed in 1825, opened transportation for immigrants to the Mid-West. During the late nineteenth and…

Book Club Talk: Italians in Louisiana

(Author’s note: Through Facetime, I’ve joined Book Clubs around the country, answered questions about Birds of Passage, and spoke about early Italian immigrant history. I’d be delighted to have Facetime conferences with other interested Book Clubs.)   In the early 1700s, Neapolitan born, Henri de (Enrico) Tonti, a colleague of Robert de la Salle, explored…

Book Club Talk: Italians in Texas

(Author’s note: I’ve met with several Book Clubs in Austin, Texas, answered questions about Birds of Passage, and spoke about early Italian immigrant history including Texas. I’d be delighted to have meetings or Facetime conferences with interested Book Clubs anywhere.)   Like Christopher Columbus, Italians were often in the employ of the Spanish court during…

Book Club Talk: Italians in California

(Author’s Note: Through Facetime, I joined a Book Club outside San Francisco, answered questions about Birds of Passage, and spoke about early Italian immigrant history including California.) After gold was discovered in 1849, the first Italian immigrants left northern Italy, and settled in the Mother Lode near Sacramento. Domenico Ghirardelli was a Genoa confectioner’s apprentice.…

Book Club Talk: Italians on the Iron Range

(Author’s Note: Through Facetime, I joined a Book Club in Minneapolis-St. Paul, answered questions about Birds of Passage, and spoke about Italian immigrant history including Minnesota.) The Minnesota Iron Range, Vermilion, Mesabi, and Cuyuna mines, produced the majority of the iron ore in the United States. from 1900 to 1980. By 1920, the Iron Range…