Beginning in Little Italy and extending to the general Italian community, Convivio (through its auxiliary, the Little Italy Heritage Commission), is preserving Italian heritage and creating a lasting historical tableau through research, archival work, and historical projects, exhibitions, and events.
The cornerstone of Convivio’s preservation focus is the Italian Community Archives, established in 2006, which preserves the local Italian community’s history through photographs, documents, and oral histories in digital format. In 2007, Convivio partnered with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), to establish the physical counterpart to the digital archives at the university’s Mandeville Special Collections Library. As a result of this landmark development, original materials such as photographs, documents, manuscripts, books, and film, are housed at the library for preservation as well as public access and research.
Visit our auxiliary site to view local Italian community historical photographs.
To have your historical materials included in the archives, please contact us.
Available through Convivio, online, or at your local bookstore. Proceeds benefit Convivio.
Local Historian Jim Bregante is a docent for Convivio and the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
Mr. Bregante narrates a multimedia journey on the history of Little Italy and San Diego’s Waterfront.
For more information, please visit www.myhistoricalpresentation.com.
Melanie Dellas, Commission Chair