New Acquisitions – Italian Heritage Collection

Kathy Bacino is a member of a third generation Italian-American family living in Pueblo’s Goat Hill Italian neighborhood.  She donated these alien registration papers of her husband’s parents, Charles and Clara Bacino, as well as a collection of ribbons from an Italian-American fraternal organization.  The Bacinos immigrated to Colorado in the 1880s and made their living as fruit and vegetable vendors in the early years of the 20th century.

Anthony Rodosta, a Pueblo native and successful businessman, donated this rare accordion, made by J. Bellino in Trinidad, Colorado in the 1920s for Mr. Rodosta’s uncle, John Mulay.  The accordion is one of only 14 made.  Mulay played the accordion with his band, which travelled to various venues around southern Colorado.  He later gave the accordion to Rodosta.


2 comments so far

  1. Roger Stallings on

    I’m glad to see another of Bellino’s accordions survived. I managed to find one he made for Frank Romero. Even has Mr. Romero’s old address and phone number in Trinidad.

  2. csuparchives on

    I’d love to see a picture of it – are you in Colorado, or from Colorado? Bev Allen, University Archivist

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