Finding the Mother Lode: Italian Americans in California

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Sunday, January 26, 2020. 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM PST. The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, 644 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Finding the Mother Lode a film by Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien documents the experiences of Italian immigrants in California. Italians first settled en masse in California during the Gold Rush.

While few made fortunes in mining, they did find a mother lode in farming, fishing, commerce, and winemaking. Their contributions shaped the economy and culture of California. Through stories set in seven Italian communities in California, this film examines how Italo-Californians achieved economic and social mobility, and explores how ethnic identity is maintained and transformed as immigrants become assimilated into mainstream America.

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SOURCE: Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

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