A harpsichord that entertained the elites of Italy in the mid-1500s has been restored by a South Dakota museum and will soon bring its sound to 21st-century ears. The National Music Museum in Vermilion, which acquired the instrument in 2009, worked with Chilean-born musician Catalina Vicens, who specializes in historical keyboards and percussi...

By Jim Holland Running a successful restaurant, Michelle Peregrine believes, is like planning a party at your house every day. "It's a lot of details," said Peregrine, who knows quite well about pulling off such festive events as owner and manager of Botticelli's Ristorante Italiano in downtown Rapid City for the past 16 years.   "If you c...

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...

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...

Italian immigrants entered the Great Plains first as missionaries such as Fra Marco da Nizza (1495-1558) and Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645-1711), and later as adventurers such as Count Leonetto Cipriani (1816-1888) and Italian American Charles Siringo (1855-1928).   Since Italy was not a unified country until the Risorgimento (1860-70), early...

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...

by Jill Meier   The opening of Marco's Pizza in Brandon later this month could be considered "a little present for everybody," according to local residents Josh and Stephanie Holdinghausen, who will open their fifth Marco's Pizza located at Holly Crossing (112 E. Holly Blvd.) in Brandon by Christmas.   The Holdinghausens also own and...

In America fanno furore le maximoto definite «cruiser», cioè adatte ai viaggi comodi sulle lunghe distanze. Lì ci sono molti mezzi a due ruote di produzione locale che rispondono a queste esigenze, ci sono le classiche Harley Davidson, e andarle a sfidare sul loro terreno è una mossa da meditare bene.   Adesso la Moto Guzzi sbarca negli Stat...