Author Douglas J. Gladstone, whose controversial book argues that the United States Department of the Interior's National Park Service (NPS) is chiseling Mount Rushmore's Italian American chief carver out of posthumous credit, will talk about the issue before members of Noi Italiani D'Oggi (NIDO) at the Italian Center four weeks from tonight, on Th...

Set in stone is supposed to mean immutable, but Luigi Del Bianco's determined descendants just now appear to be winning the official affirmation that the Italian-American from Westchester County deserved long ago for shaping one of the nation's most famous monuments.   "If being the chief carver at Mount Rushmore is not the American dream fo...

by Douglas Gladstone   Mount Rushmore finally acknowledges Luigi Del Bianco. It's a start. Since this year marks the 75th anniversary of the completion of Mount Rushmore, the staff has been posting short bios of the workers on their Facebook page. After 25 years, the National Park Service has finally acknowledged that Luigi Del Bianco w...

by Douglas J. Gladstone   For more than seven decades, the name of Luigi Del Bianco had gone unnoticed by historians chronicling the creation of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Not anymore. The United States Department of the Interior's National Park Service (NPS), which is the federal agency charged with supervising and admi...

It's almost Columbus Day but you would never know it in certain parts of the country. In many cities, and even whole states, Columbus Day has been replaced with "Native American Day", or "Discoverer Day" as has happened in Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and South Dakota.   Other states are forced to authorize the holiday although they don't celebrat...

By Douglas Gladstone   "The truth is like the sun, you can shut it out for a time, but it ain't going away." That quote from Elvis Presley. has always struck a chord with me. Especially when my thoughts turn to an obscure Italian immigrant named Luigi Del Bianco.   I hope it strikes a chord with U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, R-NH, too. Tha...

by Douglas J. Gladstone Dear Mr. President,I am writing you not as an author whose book the National Park Service (NPS) refuses to sell in its gift shops, but as a proponent of multiculturalism and pluralism. My book, Carving A Niche For Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore (Bordighera Press, 2014) tells the true s...

Carving a Niche for Himself; The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore, author Douglas J. Gladstone's valentine to the obscure Italian American immigrant who served as chief carver of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, will be published by Bordighera Press, it was recently announced. Featuring a foreword by Italian American busine...

You are cordially invited to attend a presentation and signing for Douglas J. Gladstone's new book, "Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco" at the Italian American Museum on Wednesday, July 2nd. The book tells the story of Luigi Del Bianco, the obscure Italian American immigrant who served as chief carver of the Mount Ru...

This is the year that the Blue Ridge Parkway is depicted on North Carolina's version of the America the Beautiful quarter. For a parkway that is America's longest linear park, and which reportedly has been the most visited unit of the Department of the Interior's National Park Service every year except for one since 1946, it sure doesn't get a...