repost from Kentucky.com
Ky. Voices: Kentucky culture rooted in opportunities for immigrants
July 26, 2013
By Kiran Bhatraju
In the late 1920s, an Italian immigrant with a funny last name arrived in the heart of Appalachia to join the thousands of Scots-Irish who found good wages in the coalfields.
He could have moved to New York or Chicago, but he instead came to Perry County to work as a stonemason.
His arrival was not uncommon. Appalachian and American history is defined by immigrants searching for liberty and prosperity. And even though this particular Italian left his home to emigrate to a land where they spoke a foreign language, he never turned back. The mountains became his new home.
Just one short generation later, his Italian-American son would open a convenience store in Bulan, and his grandson would be the first in the family to graduate from college.