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...

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...

United States Representative Patrick "Pat" Tiberi (Republican - 12th Congressional District) of Ohio believes the late Luigi Del Bianco "should be formally recognized" for having served as chief carver of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.   In Carving a Niche for Himself; The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore, author Do...

Capital District author Douglas J. Gladstone, whose new book is a valentine to the obscure Italian American immigrant who served as chief carver of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, will appear at the American Italian Heritage Museum on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. to talk about his controversial work and sign copies of it.   Carvin...

Luigi Del Bianco's name should be as familiar to you as that of Gutzon Borglum, Douglas Gladstone says, and the reason it's not is clear to him. Bigotry.   Del Bianco, master carver during the Mount Rushmore National Monument's construction, was an Italian immigrant when that nationality was belittled in the United States, particularly...

A new book, Carving a Niche for Himself; The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore, chronicles the life of former Port Chester resident Luigi Del Bianco, who was the chief carver of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. His story had largely been forgotten until author Douglas J. Gladstone unearthed it in his book.   And now, N...