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100 Years of Italian Heritage: San Francisco Style–Catherine A. Accardi
January 26 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
“San Francisco, Italy”: that’s what former San Francisco Italian Consul General Mauro Battocchi would call the City in his colorful blog which is still online and continues to highlight his years here.
But before “San Francisco, Italy,” we had “Little Italy”—a community sweeping down the slopes from Telegraph Hill into what is still called North Beach. That was well over 100 years ago. Now, the remarkable legacy early Italian-Americans left behind is still an amazing and important part of San Francisco’s past, present, and future.
Catherine’s presentation will begin with a look at one of the very first images of early San Francisco where you will see rolling hills in the distance, sloping down to the water’s edge along a jagged coast line. A few modest structures dot the hillsides. A few boats drift in the bay. One could be describing a port city on the Italian coast. And that resemblance is just beginning.
We will take a virtual tour with over 100 vintage images, gazing at the art of Bufano, the architecture of Mastropasqua, Italian banks, restaurants, businesses and so much more. You’ll see and hear about notable Italians and their contributions towards rebuilding San Francisco after the 1906 disaster. We will learn about modern banking, the arts, and, of course, our beloved Italian cuisine.
Join us on this Zoom tour filled with images and stories to learn about Italians who called San Francisco home and whose legacy continues to impact and delight us today: “Cento Anni di Eredità Italiana”
Catherine Accardi is a true San Franciscan, not only as a native, but as an explorer of the city’s nooks and crannies, its past and present and the contrast between the two. Born of Italian immigrant parents she grew up in the heart of North Beach and remembers living in a vibrant self-contained world that she still feels, regrets what is gone, but fondly remembers and documents what was.
She has served on various preservation groups to protect buildings, images and neighborhoods context as the drive to make North Beach more tourist driven has changed the economics and social structure.
Catherine has written and assembled several books on San Francisco, including San Francisco Landmarks, San Francisco Then and Now, and San Francisco’s North Beach and Telegraph Hill. With a degree in photography, she has an eye for the best of the past and their place in the present. As a reporter and chronicler for L’Italo Americano she has kept her interest and memories alive and shared them with the community.