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...

Join Us For A Presentation of: "Carving a Niche for Himself; The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco & Mount Rushmore". Tues. Sept. 29th @ 7:00 PM. FEATURING 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...

Founding Father George Washington's noble visage — and wig. Thomas Jefferson's vision of expansion — and an invisible cracked lip. Abraham Lincoln's focus on preserving the Union. Theodore Roosevelt's target of national unification — and individual ruggedness. The life expressed in the granite faces at Mount Rushmore National Memori...

By Neal P. Goswami   The author of a book about Italian-born stone carver Luigi Del Bianco, who resided in Barre, is hailing the federal government's decision to recognize Del Bianco as the chief carver of Mount Rushmore. Doug Gladstone said he heard about Del Bianco's work on Mount Rushmore and his family's quest for him to be recogniz...

For its 100th birthday, the National Park Service gave a long-awaited gift to many Italian-Americans and all unsung artists: Italian immigrant Luigi Del Bianco was finally recognized as the chief carver of Mount Rushmore.   The park service acknowledged on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Facebook page on May 4 that Gutzon Borglum, the d...

This Columbus Day, remember the name and face of Luigi Del Bianco, an Italian immigrant who was the chief carver of Mount Rushmore.   The main sculptor was the celebrated Gutzon Borglum, but according to author Douglas Gladstone's new book, "Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore," the main man o...

No, I'm not talking about the fictional New York County District Attorney from the original Law and Order television show.   Although a prosecutor's job is to seek justice on behalf of all the state's citizens. I am of course referring to the man who represents California's 28th Congressional District in the United States House of Represent...

by Lou Del Bianco   Get the National Park Service to formally recognize Luigi Del Bianco as the Chief Carver on Mount Rushmore. Luigi Del Bianco lived the American Dream by coming to America and becoming the Chief Carver on Mount Rushmore. Luigi's job was in carving the "refinement of expression" in the faces. When you look at those 4 presi...

by Anthony Fasano   In this episode, our own co-host Anthony Fasano breaks down his recent trip to Italy during which he visited the ancestral villages of seven of his eight great-grandparents. Anthony did what many Italian Americans hope to do at one point in their lives – connect with their relatives who never left the homeland. During thi...

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, needs to put on his cowl and cape and help the late Luigi Del Bianco.   Leahy, who reportedly learned to read when he was 4 years old, says he can quote Batman comic books of 40 to 50 years ago.   Read more   Source: http://www.timesargus.com