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More than one-hundred years after Italian immigration to Wisconsin peaked in the first decade of the twentieth century, evidence lingers of those southern European roots. Today, descendants of the state’s early Italian families continue to operate restaurants and delis, to put on festivals, and to share their recipes, history and cultural heritage.
My mother wrote her memoir, From High on the Bluff, in Simple Narrative Summary. In her memoir, she included lots of short snippets about events in her life but didn’t always elaborate on how she felt about them. When I turned her memoir into fiction, I needed to add new details and emotion to draw readers into the story, and I needed to lengthen the story. Here are 2 examples that illustrate the difference.
Mary Mangardi McGuire, a descendent of the first Italians to settle in Mineral Point in the early 20th Century has generously shared information and stories for our Italians in Mineral Point page. As part of the project, here is Mary’s recipe for Genoa Minestrone Soup.
If you grew up on a Wisconsin farm prior to the 1950s, you probably had work horses. The day that your family finally sold them, and replaced them with gasoline tractors, might be a vivid childhood memory.