'The Mount Rushmore Scandal: Chief Carver's (Nearly) Lost Legacy' Webinar
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“Out of all the artists in the world, Mr. Borglum chooses me to do this work.” - Luigi Del Bianco, Chief Carver of Mount Rushmore
Five years into designing Mount Rushmore, lead sculptor Gutzon Borglum realized that without a world-class stone carver by his side, the memorial's reputation was in serious jeopardy — after all, how could Americans be inspired by the country's largest sculpture if their presidents' faces were botched or unrecognizable? This is the story of an obscure Italian immigrant with a gift for stone carving who not only saved the monumental project, but made it one of the world's finest — a story which would have been forever omitted from the history books if it were not for his family's 25-year fight to get him the recognition he deserved.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the incredible untold story of Luigi Del Bianco, whose prolific role as master carver of Mount Rushmore went unrecognized until recently unearthed documents proved his invaluable contribution.
Led by Lou Del Bianco — grandson of Luigi and author of his touching story, Out of Rushmore’s Shadow — this digital showcase surrounding the profound life of Luigi Del Bianco will include:
- Luigi's early life , from training to become a stone carver in Italy, to his immigrant journey to America and great desire to “carve something special”
- How Luigi became Chief Carver at Mount Rushmore at the request the lead sculptor, Gutzon Borglum
- Stories surrounding Luigi's time living in South Dakota , from his family's unique American experience, to his special relationship with Native Americans, to first-hand documents detailing his experience of how the mountain was carved
- Luigi’s life after Rushmore , with a look some of his finest works over his career
- Why the definitive book on Rushmore doesn’t even mention Luigi , and what shocking documents Lou and his uncle unearthed that explained this "error of omission"
- A suspenseful reveal of whether Luigi's Mount Rushmore triumphs and tribulations were ever properly recognized
- Dozens authentic photos and primary source documents researched at the Library of Congress
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Lou — any and all questions about his grandfather are welcomed and encouraged!
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Actor, singer and storyteller Lou Del Bianco has been working with children of all ages since 1982. According to the New York Times, Lou’s dramatic approach to storytelling “puts pow into passivity!” The Parents Choice foundation states that “few performers excel as both storyteller and musician, but Lou Del Bianco is one who does.”
"Such passion and enthusiasm from the presenter! Loved every part of it!" -Joanne
"I liked the depth of the details needed to make the case for their grandfather's work." -Celia
"The heartfeltness of the family connection. The videos are great. very interesting story." -Noelle
"Fascinating story and Lou's very personable style and clear presentation made it extremely enjoyable. Plus we learned about something that we didn't know before." -Susan
"Very well done, concise, well documented." -Rick
"The speaker was fantastic as well as his research!" -Peter
"Everything!!! All the details of how Luigi endured the carving of Rushmore and how Lou had to fight to get his grandfather recognition. Lou is a fantastic story teller. I enjoyed every minute of this presentation." -Madeline
"Personable, entertaining and great history!" -Lisa
"It was such an interesting story! great to learn all of this." -Melissa
"Not only was the subject matter of Luigi Del Bianco and Mt. Rushmore most intriguing, but the way in which it was presented, most engaging! Bravissimo!" -Petra
"The person experience of Luigi Del Bianco with his grandfather. Looking forward to watching it again." -Sherry
"Lou was phenomenal. Delivery was great, humorous, sweet, historic, held my interest, detailed.....just so enjoyable." -Pam
"The personal relaxed presentation was engaging and full of such interesting information." -Donna
"Very descriptive and revealing about a part of history that has been kept under wraps. It made me think that there are other stories like this to be told about great US monuments and other lasting legacies." -Catherine
"Both the story —as context to a well-known iconic landmark and the behind the scenes reality of an immigrant in America — and the manner it was told. It was an energetic, informative webinar." -Dana
"Very well presented, educational and entertaining. Lou was very engaging was fun to watch!" -Douglas
"Speaker was so interesting and had a remarkable story to tell. A dramatic and engaging presentation. Bravo!" -Camille
"Very thorough coverage of the topic--told in an interesting manner--kept my attention!" -Helen
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