Famous characters

Born in Bra on May 1 of the 1928, Edoardo Mosca has been for forty years one of the leading figures in the cultural life of the city. Still very young he participated in the activities of the most important cultural institutions, as well as collaborating over time with the main city newspapers. Esteemed first professor and then dean, in the 1952 the municipal administration entrusts him with the task of setting up the civic library at the headquarters of the longest established cultural institution in the city, the Craveri museum, of which he will become director only two years later. Not yet thirty, for his prolific activity, he receives in the 1957 the prize for the culture of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, founding in it the association "Friends of the Museum". The following year, he will receive from the superintendency to antiquities and monuments the task of an honorary inspector for the study, excavation and cataloging of the finds found in the Pollenzo district, following excavation campaigns that the same Moscow directed in the town, with findings found today in the halls of the Palazzo Traversa museum.

In the dual role of a committed man and teacher, he promotes the instance for building the building that will host the school of via Serra, where he will become the principal school in 1965. Collaborator of the Medieval History Institute of the University of Turin's Magisterium Faculty contributed to the formation of many braid students even in the academic sphere, while in the 1971 the division of the two sections of the Treble Museum, a historical-archaeological and other naturalistic , makes Moscow the first director of the historical-archaeological museum. He was the founder of the folklorid band, bringing the twirling sports discipline into town today, one of the flagships of the city's competitive landscape. Edoardo Mosca died 23 February 1992 and his memory is also dedicated to elementary school in via Montegrappa.

Giuseppe Benedetto Cottolengo born in 3 May 1786 in Bra. Son of a cloth merchant originally from Barcellonette, French commune of the Alpes de Haute Provence department. The first of twelve children, six of whom died at an early age, learned from the mother the principles of the Christian life. His adolescence was influenced by events related to the French Revolution and the invasions of Napoleon I, so much of his priestly studies took place in hiding.

Giuseppe Cottolengo was ordained a priest 8 June 1811 in the chapel of the seminary in Turin and appointed his deputy to Corneliano d'Alba. He resumed his theological studies until he reached the degree with praise and praise the 14 May 1816. In 1818 he was called into the Canonic congregation of Corpus Christi.

With the passing of time a deep dissatisfaction emerged in the Cottolengo and the meditation of the biography of Saint Vincent de Paul led him to a maturation of his human and spiritual dimension. His intuition originated the 2 1827 September when he was called to the bedside of a woman at the sixth month of pregnancy, suffering from tuberculosis and dying. It was taken to several hospitals, but nobody was hospitalized. Faced with the sudden death of the young, the Cottolengo felt the urgency of creating a shelter where they could be welcomed and satisfied the welfare needs that were not answered elsewhere.

With the help of some women, the 17 January 1828 opened in the center of Turin the Deposit of the poor sick of Corpus Domini. After three years, following the fears of a cholera epidemic, the government ordered him to close the hospitalization. Yes, he moved to Borgo Dora, where the 27 in April 1832 founded that great still existing reality: the Little House of Divine Providence, more commonly known by the name of its founder: the Cottolengo. He also gave life to some religious families: the Religious Institute of the Sisters, the Brothers and the Society of Priests named after him.

30 1842 died in Chieri, in the province of Turin. After the recognition of the heroism of his virtues, Pope Benedict XV recognizes the heroism of Giuseppe Benedetto Cottolengo and declares Blessed the 29 April 1917. The 19 March 1934 was proclaimed a saint by Pope Pius XI.

Born in 1815, after studying chemistry and meteorology in Turin, Federico Craveri was one of the first Piedmontese to leave his homeland to venture into America. Once in Mexico, his curiosity pushes him to travel around the Central American country to discover his geology with particular attention to the mountain range. From this period Craveri will remember the teachings in agricultural schools and the specialization in silver mining techniques, in addition to the assignment given him by the Mexican government to explore the coast of California in search of guano, to be used as organic fertilizer. With adventures gathered in a "Travel Newspaper", in four years Craveri managed to detect some mines and took possession, on behalf of Mexico, of an unexplored island.

The enormous baggage of experience gained during his travels was joined by the acquisition of precious collections, which he will arrange in Bra's paternal home on his return to Italy. For thirty years, Federico Craveri 's activity is absorbed by museums, with the careful cataloging of the material brought by the Americas, including a precious collection of overseas birds. At this activity Craveri did not tire of combining that dissemination and teaching, as well as carrying out studies on meteorology, chemistry and enology. He was one of the founders alongside Quintino Sella of the Italian Alpine Club. He dies in 1890

Gina Lagorio (pseudonym of Luigina Bernocco) was born in Bra the 18 of the 1922 in June. After studying Languages ​​and Literature at the University of Turin he began to work as an English teacher, while collaborating with many newspapers, writing mainly of literature, and in the 1966 he published his first novel: "Pollen". In 1969 came "A cyclone called Titti", dedicated to his daughter. This happy period ended with the death of her husband, the savonese Gino Lagorio, protagonist of the Resistance, to whom he dedicated "Approximated by default".

In 1974 he settled in Milan and there he began his political career, battling for women's rights, resuming with the publisher Livio Garzanti. He won the "Campiello" prize in the 1977 for "The Wolf's Beach", the "Flaiano" Prize in 1983 for the comedy "Tell Me That of Flic" in "Cold at Heart" and the "Viareggio" Prize in 1984 for "Tosca of cats ". He was one of the most widely read and translated Italian writers of the twentieth century with texts that have never forgotten his native land, with Piedmont landscapes emerging in much of his work, in 1987 was elected to Parliament as a leftist independent. In 2003 was struck by a stroke, telling the painful event and the consequent suffering in the book "Capita", which ended just a few weeks before the 17 July 2005 death in Milan.

Born in Bra the 23 August 1827 began to study in his city the classic letters, to which he will also dedicate himself with a fruitful work of researcher. The goal: the refinement of the rigid formulas with which the Latin language was taught at the time. This research activity is combined with an academic career that will lead him, in 1863, to the chair of ordinary professor of Latin literature at the University of Bologna. Here he became a colleague of Giosué Carducci and included Giovanni Pascoli among his pupils.

In 1878 he returned to his town where he was born son Adolfo, master composer and member of the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna (author of the works "Jaufré Rudel", "Trilby" and "Imelda"). Giovan Battista Gandino was the author of many textbooks and publications on Latin language and literature, a member of the major Italian and foreign academies of the time, as well as being part of the Superior Council of Public Education. He was one of the last members of Ciceronism and had great influence on generations of students and teachers until the first half of the twentieth century. The 15 February 1905 died in Bologna.


Velso Mucci was born in Naples in the 1911 braid mother. During the years of fascism, for his own communist political ideas, he is forced to peregrinate in many Italian cities where he alternated passion for letters to the book shop and, following his preference for visual arts, as exhibitor organizer. Thus, Mucci came into contact with the most renowned intellectuals of the age, who, in addition to a sense of artistic sensibility, were the occasion of true and deep friendships (including those with the painters De Chirico and Morandi). As journalist Giampiero Mughini remembers: "I remember my 20-year-old pilgrims at Mucci's widow's house, the beautiful green-eyed Dora, and my hypnosis in front of those testimonies of an era and of an environment I then knew nothing about that I was discovering a find after finding ", referring to Spazzapan's chin, the letters of Savinio and Longanesi, and the paintings of Donghi and Maccari.

Velso Mucci continued to write, although in the difficulties of the period ("Scartafaccio" is published in 48 but is allegedly written in the early thirties), founded and directed the magazine "The Political and Literary Costume" in 45. In the 1950s, the writer moved to Bra where he continued to pursue his literary activity and engage politically. In 1956, he is elected municipal councilor, charge that will keep up to 1960, and is called to head the Lauca weekly political cunee. His literary masterpiece is the novel "The Man of Turin", set in Bra, offering a stark blend of the city's reality at the time of the first tanning industries in the 1920s. The book is published posthumously, in '67, by Feltrinelli. Velso Mucci dies in London in 1964 and is headed by the State Institute for Commercial, Tourist and Commercial Services based at Craveri Street.

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