Lou Del Bianco, grandson of stone-carver Luigi Del Bianco, after 25 years of struggles convinces the authorities that it was his grandfather who carved the fine features of the four American Presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, of the now famous bas-relief sculptures carved directly on Mount Rushm...

When Luca Papini started selling Italian leather products in Sioux Falls, his operations were limited to the trunk of his car. Fast-forward five years and the entrepreneur and business owner is relocating Luca's Italian Leather Boutique to one of the most heavily-trafficked commerce centers in the state of South Dakota — 11th Street and Phillips Av...

While much of the rest of the country is celebrating Columbus Day today, in South Dakota the state government, schools and citizens are recognizing a different holiday: Native Americans' Day. South Dakota is the only state in the country to celebrate today devoted to Native Americans rather than the Italian navigator Christopher Columbus -- and it'...

It all started with one man wanting to show the abilities of the human body. Cirque Italia is a new kind of circus. They have ditched the animals and added water, 35 thousand gallons to be exact. "The owner of Cirque Italia, Manuel Rebecchi, he's from Italy. He came to America, he wanted to bring something unique to the American public," says Morga...

I have strong beliefs about food. I believe sausage goes only in gravy and the gravy goes only over biscuits. I believe tomatoes should be avoided, because they feel squishy in your mouth. I believe olives are fine for decoration, but should never be eaten. And I believe that pasta of any kind is just way too complicated – to prepare or to eat....

The faces on Mount Rushmore, an American icon, were brought to life by the hands of an Italian immigrant. Luigi Del Bianco, a native of the northeastern region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, was the “chief carver” and “granite expert” for the massive monument.“Out of Rushmore’s Shadow” written by Luigi Del Bianco’s grandson, Lou Del Bianco, chronicles L...

Si rinsalda l'amicizia tra la Toscana e la nazione Lakota, uno dei tre gruppi storici dei Sioux d'America (il ‘continente della tartaruga", come lo chiamano i nativi), nipoti di Nuvola Rossa, Toro Seduto e Cavallo Pazzo. Una delegazione proveniente dal Sud Dakota, lo stato del monte Rushmore con le sculture di quattro presidenti degli Stati Uniti m...

The Italian American Museum cordially invites you to attend a book reading and signing for "Out of Rushmore's Shadow: The Luigi Del Bianco Story" by Award-Winning Actor, Singer, and Storyteller Lou Del Bianco on Monday, October 9th at 3:00 PM. For reservations please call the Museum at 212.965.9000, send an email to ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we are changing it up. I will be taking you on a trip with me and we will be heading to the black hills of South Dakota to attend a ceremony where Luigi del Bianco will be named the Chief Carver of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. We will also speak with Lou Del Bianco about the role he played i...

About nine months ago I received an email from Lou Del Bianco telling me that he was looking for a publisher to publish the story of his family’s 25-year fight to gain recognition for his late grandfather Luigi Del Bianco, who they believed was the Chief Carver on Mount Rushmore.  I read the email and was intrigued. I had remembered interviewing Lo...