The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will call the elegant Omni Shoreham Hotel home during the weekend of November 1-3, 2019, to celebrate its 44th Anniversary Gala Weekend. Throughout this unforgettable weekend, NIAF will be celebrating its 2019 Region of Honor, Molise, along with its impressive honorees who are outstanding members of t...

Saturday May 18. 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. I AM BOOKS, 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113. When 8-year-old Lou Del Bianco finds out that his Grandpa Luigi was the Chief Carver on Mount Rushmore, his young life is instantly changed. Follow Lou’s journey as he and his Uncle Caesar make the painful discovery that Luigi is not even mentioned in the most defin...

Lou Del Bianco’s grandfather, Luigi Del Bianco, may not be a household name – but it should be. Luigi was one of the chief carvers of South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore. Today, 78 years after the national monument was completed, Lou, an author and performer from New York, is traveling the country telling the story of his grandfather. Lou contacted Sprin...

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...

Sunday April 7, 2:30 pm. Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY. Contact: Jo Fusco 631-632-7444. josephine.fusco@stonybrook.edu www.stonybrook.edu/italianstudies Sponsored by Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University. Richard Nasti Seres Event: Multi-Media and Dramatic Presentation: Topic: Luigi De...

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...

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...

The chief carver of Mount Rushmore who was responsible for refining the expressions on the faces of the monument's four presidents was honored Saturday with a plaque that recognizes his work. Luigi Del Bianco was an Italian immigrant and stone carver whose job included the challenging tasks of sculpting Jefferson's lips and Lincoln's life-like e...