Stories

My grandparents, Henry Borgatti and Jean Fortuna, met frequently as children during the summer in Welland, Ontario, Canada. Jean lived across the border in Niagara Falls, New York—just a short distance from Welland. Henry’s father, Aldemiro, worked for the Plymouth Cordage Company. ...

Between 1900 and 1915, 23 million Italians immigrated to Europe and America. The reasons for the Italian immigration to America were to escape the wars and the natural disasters that led to disease, unemployment and poverty. These immigrants, mostly artisans and peasants, represented all regions...

Arturo Balboni (Stuaden) and Cesira Pezzini of Renazzo, who lived first in Via Mignatti and then in Via Buttieri, had 4 children between 1895 and 1910. Though they were members of the Partecipanza Agraria of Cento, a form of collective land ownership, they were day labourers....

Although they lived less than two miles from one another in the District of Cento, Luigi Alberghini and Maria Govoni met and married each other in America. Maria Govoni was born and raised on Via Buttieri in Renazzo. She lived with her parents – Carlo Govoni...

Nemore Bregoli was born in Alberone, a small village within Cento on 25th July 1921. His parents were Guglielmo Bregoli and Benilde Abelli. He lived with his parents, his brothers and his sister Teresina on Guidetti Road in Alberone. He drove a cart pulled by a horse...

My sister and I, knowing our parents as well as we did, are still amazed that they had any adventure in them at all. We marvel at the courage our mother had to have in order to leave her parents and everything she knew to...

The story of the Busi and Carpeggiani family begins with Maria Balboni (1865-1947), wife of Alessandro Tassinari (1864-1896) of the "Lamér" family (originally from Bevilacqua); the couple, at the end of '800, looking for a job, moved to USA in West Wareham Massachusetts. ...

Moved in December 1913, the artist arrived in Buenos Aires on 1 January 1914 and stayed there for a year, returning to Italy on 16 February. Bonzagni had been called in Argentina along with Italian architects for the construction and decoration of the new Argentine Hippodrome...