Turin, Italy - 1910 - In 1852 Don Bosco began hosting many poor and abandoned boys and felt the need to create and offer laboratories for their formation. Thus, in 1853, he started his first footwear and tailoring workshop.
Turin, Italy - 1879 - Visit of a young Fr Michele Rua to Valdocco, in 1879. In the photo, also the student Fedele Giraudi (last lower right) who will later become Economer General and writer of the first years of Valdocco.
Turin, Italy - 1848 - According to tradition, Mamma Margherita started the practice of leaving a message to the children before they went to sleep. But it was then Don Bosco who gave a short speech to his boys every day, which in time took the name of "Good Night". Don Bosco began this custom in 1848: "From that moment on, I began to give them a small sermon after the prayers of the evening," he narrates. If this "chair" could bring back all the good stories of Don Bosco, we would be able to relive the charism of the Saint in his original version.
Valdocco, Turin - June 1846 - On 12 April 1846, Don Bosco finally transferred the Oratory to the Pinardi house and on 26 June 1846 paid the first installment of the rent. The payment receipt shows how 150 lire were paid for the first semester; today, it is the "proof" of the birth of the new Oratory. Don Bosco retained the receipt