Exhibit of 25 Photos of Italy including the Birthplaces of Fran's Grandparents at the Italian Consulate, 17th floor of the Federal Reserve Building Boston April through September 2014 Italian Journey Invitation
Home of my maternal grandparents... by Fran Gardino
May of 2012, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of my
grandfather's emigration to the USA, I returned to the Sicilian
homeland of my ancestors with my wife, daughter and cousin.
photos are but a few of the images that I shot during that trip.
Nana's three room birthplace and home as it appears today
and probably the same then;
She left in 1913 when she was 7 years old. Her mother had 15
kids in this place and only 5 lived.
However, the town has done some upgrading...
Yes! They do have plumbing...
but they still have the town well, with spigots...
and a wading pool
and nearby graffiti
and a modern pay phone... in the era of widespread cell phone usage
and irrigation panels...
although the frequency of these panels are outpacing the Maria della
and yes there is the Marconi Hotel
with a great view from the balcony in back
of a busy downtown Pietraperzia
along with the school...
and contemporary architecture
and some not so contemporary in a slow period of transition...
but nevetheless charming residences
by day and...
I can see a happy Nana and Papa as children running up this
hill streets and stairs
and playing in these fields
even into private property,
never imagining the current outcome
of modernization and eventual commercialization
and modest beautification
and not so modest Parca Della Remembranza.
They brought the feast of Maria Della Cava to Boston and they continue
as a festive time
shedding the sadness of old memories and a poorer time.