Book Signing: Mike Ventimiglia – Italians of the Monterey Peninsula

Saturday May 9th & Sunday May 10th – 12-2pm: Since the early 1900s, Monterey was known for its fishing, mostly for salmon and the abalone that was plentiful in Monterey Bay. The migration of the Sicilian Italian community is credited for reaping what was called the “Silver Harvest.” The Silver Harvest is the name that was given to the fishing of sardines in Monterey, which mostly was done by the Sicilian Italians who established the working fabric in the sardine industry for nearly five decades. Most of that generation is gone, and only a few are memorialized in books. It is this author’s attempt to capture the working class that made Monterey the “Sardine Capital of the World.”

3306ITALcvr.inddTelling a story in pictures is Italians of the Monterey Peninsula, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by local author Mike Ventimiglia is set to release on April 13th, 2015. The book boasts vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone by.

Since the early 1900s, Monterey was known for its fishing, mostly for salmon and the abalone that was plentiful in Monterey Bay. The migration of the Sicilian Italian community is credited for reaping what was called the “Silver Harvest.” The Silver Harvest is the name that was given to the fishing of sardines in Monterey, which mostly was done by the Sicilian Italians who established the working fabric in the sardine industry for nearly five decades. Most of that generation is gone, and only a few are memorialized in books. It is this author’s attempt to capture the working class that made Monterey the “Sardine Capital of the World.”

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Italians of the Monterey Peninsula
by Mike Ventimiglia
Images of America Series
Price: $21.99
128 pages/ softcover
Available: April 13th, 2015

About the Author of Italians of the Monterey Peninsula

author photoAuthor Mike Ventimiglia family and relatives fished, worked the canneries, operated and owned fishing boats as well as a cannery on Cannery Row. He has spent hundreds of hours researching and obtaining photographs in an effort to preserve a small part the families who worked and fished in Monterey.

Gathering information from the Amici Club a local organization whose members are of Sicilian Italian decent, who fished with their fathers and grandfathers at the height of the sardine industry.

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