If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.
Cesare Pavese

Our Storied Past

Preserving a Historical Narrative

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.

Shoebox Memories

Host your own
Shoebox Night

Are you part of a community group looking to archive your individual and collective materials? Our preservation team can come speak to your group about how to properly preserve your historical artifacts, and they will lead a digitizing session for you as well! Contact us for more information! Enjoy a lively atmosphere while we digitize your artifacts for inclusion in the Italian Community Archives!

Italian Community Archives

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.

Our Publications

Available through Convivio, online, or at your local bookstore. Proceeds benefit Convivio.

san diego's fishing industry book
San Diego's Fishing IndustryArcadia Publishing, 2009
san diego's little italy book
San Diego's Little ItalyArcadia Publishing, 2007

Waterfront-History Lectures

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.

jim bregante
Jim BreganteLocal Historian

Melanie Dellas, Commission Chair
Kristen Aliotti
Nicole Angione
Michele Basile
Jim Bregante
Marianna Brunetto
Annie Burchard
Patricia Campana
Cameron Celeste
Tom Cervello
Steve Codraro
Anthony Contasti
Chris Forte
Tony Lonigro
Lou Palestini
Christopher Paluso
Coreen Petti
Kevin Petti
Alessandra Pisciotta
Joe Raffa

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