Italians of the Monterey Peninsula
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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."
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467133067
: Arcadia Publishing
: 04/13/2015
: California
: Images of America
: 227 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Author Mike Ventimiglia's family and relatives fished, worked the canneries, and 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 of the families who worked and fished in Monterey. He has gathered information from the Amici Club, a local organization whose members are of Sicilian Italian descent and who fished with their fathers and grandfathers at the height of the sardine industry.
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