Accomplished initiatives

Making the video "Marcello Lippi sends greetings to all Italians around the world."

Solidarity unites sports and institutions. The coach of the world champion national soccer team, Marcello Lippi, and the president of the Province of Lucca, Stefano Baccelli, are the protagonists of a video for Telethon, filmed in the headquarters of the Museum for the History of Italian Emigration, in Palazzo Ducale

The film, once edited, has been disseminated through the web and can be downloaded from both the official Telethon website (www.telethon.it), either from the Cresci Museum portal (www.fondazionepaolocresci.it).

Series "Notebooks of the Paolo Cresci Foundation for the History of Italian Emigration."

With this series, the Paolo Cresci Foundation intends to boost research and studies to promote knowledge of this important phenomenon that has had so much weight in Italian political and social events over the past 150 years.

In 2010, the notebook: Michele Campanini, Crossings. Storytelling and representation of the emigration journey. Stories, memoirs, entries, PhD thesis by the author at the University of Siena.

Elsewhere. Journal of history and interculture.

No. 3 and No. 4 were published online in 2010., adhering to the timeline of the editorial plan, which calls for semi-annual publication

Publication of a volume on the history of emigration from Garfagnana

The volume of Lorenza Rossi, Mi par centanni che ho lasciati. Stories of emigration from Garfagnana., represents a valuable piece in the mosaic of studies dedicated to the history of ours, is promoted by the Mountain Community of Garfagnana, as part of the "Memory Bank" project, and provides for the dissemination of the results of a research with data and archival documents found on the emigration of the upper Serchio Valley.

The Foundation has joined the project with scientific advice and the procurement of period photographs and documents. This will enable enrichment for the Foundation Archives with new studies and documents

Preparation of the "Along the Trail of a Propeller" Exhibition.

Scholars of Italian emigration are wont to set the period of the so-called "great emigration," during which more than 26 million people left our country to seek better living conditions elsewhere, in the span of 100 years, from 1871 to 1971. The date of 1971 is not accidental, in that year in fact the migratory flow stopped or rather changed direction, beginning a new chapter in Italian history: from a country of emigration we became a country of immigration.

The intent of the exhibition is certainly not to deal exhaustively with such important pages of the last 150 years of Italy's history, but to make a contribution to the knowledge of Italian emigration, which, despite its painful pages, nevertheless represents a victorious affair of a multitude of people who left everything to realize a dream of their own and, at the same time, made a major contribution to the economic development of our country by sending their savings and, upon their return, making available the experience they had acquired.

"Online museum of Italian emigration" project.

The online museum involves the creation of a multimedia hypertext illustrating with images, documents, texts, films, music, and oral testimonies the history of Italian emigration from the 19th century to the present day.

Archival filing, reorganization and functional reorganization of the Archives

A new phase of computer cataloguing is necessary given the numerous donations made by private individuals, Italian communities abroad and the acquisitions that the Foundation has seen fit to make in recent years. The material that has come to the Foundation will have to be catalogued using the same criteria used previously in order to give uniformity and continuity to the work already carried out. To this end, projects have been activated for the filing of new archival material.

At the same time, the functional reorganization of the archive spaces was undertaken with the purchase of new furniture consisting of shelving, work table, etc., and various equipment to enable more effective use of the spaces, given the narrowness of the same, including use by scholars. To this end, a laptop computer was purchased to be made available to researchers for consultation work, as well as to those engaged in the work of filing and cataloguing