Emilio Picariello was an adventurous and hard-working family man whose ambitions led him to challenge the law of the land for profit. On the other hand, he was well known in the community for helping the less well off. His contravening of the Prohibition Act, and consequent violence, led authorities to realize that criminalizing the…

This is Part 2 of Norman E. Riley’s blog on being the Glacier Park’s Artist in Residence in the Summer 2015. My days at Glacier were filled with contentment and wonder. I was able to immerse myself in my work without the concerns or distractions that accompany life in urban settings. I met interesting people and…

This is Part 1 of Norman E. Riley’s blog on being the Glacier Park’s Artist in Residence in the Summer 2015. The Artist-in-Residence program at Glacier National Park is a highly-coveted prize open to artists worldwide, working in all disciplines. When it was time to apply, my application became the center of the universe for…

Emilio Picariello is a character who captures the imagination. His entrepreneurial spirit garnered him many successful legal businesses. The rising tide of Prohibition, meant that bootlegging was a natural progression of “Emperor Pick’s” acumen. However bootlegging put him on the wrong side of the law. After a failed sting operation set up by the Alberta…

Finding the smoking gun … A historian (and curator) wants lots and lots of archival material – documents, correspondence, newspaper accounts, diaries, journals, photographs, etc. – to consult so as to be able to tell a compelling story. The icing on the cake is if there are people, family members, peers and others, who may…

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