The Pacific Italian Alliance recently celebrated the release of Italians in San Joaquin County, a new history book published by Arcadia Publishing. This is the first publication that chronicles one of the earliest European pioneers and settlers in the area and their significant influence in our community. The book from the Images of Americas Series contains more than 200 photos, many from private collections, illustrating the lives of these early immigrants. The individual and family photos provide us with a unique glimpse into their lives at home and in the workplace.
The book captures some of the influential Italian families of our community, such as the Cortopassis, Lagorios and Sanguinettis, among many others. The personalized photos provide us with a unique glimpse of the family and cultural traditions of working class families. As a local historian, I was surprised to learn so much about their deep and lasting impact on the business community, many of them still here today. This is Ralph Clark’s third book with this publisher, the other two being about Lodi’s history. For those that have an Italian connection to this area, this book is a must read. For all others, it provides a valuable insight of an important part of our community.
The book is available in local museum stores and through on-line retailers and benefits the Pacific Italian Alliance.