Kitchen and Culture: School Lunches

Kitchen and Culture: School Lunches

  “Alice and I always walked home from school for dinner at noon. Sometimes there would be a blizzard and Emma would call us in for Cornish pasties. That saved us a long walk in the storm, since she lived about halfway to our house.” – From High on the Bluff...
Historical Cooperatives in Wisconsin

Historical Cooperatives in Wisconsin

In Bittersweet Harvest, Will O’Shaughnessy convinces dairy farmers in his Wisconsin River community of Willow to organize a cooperative.  It’s the 1930s, the Great Depression era. “If we organize, we can buy in volume. We can sell in volume. We’d get better prices…I’d...
High School Graduations in Wisconsin

High School Graduations in Wisconsin

“That night at the graduation ceremony, Will and Mary sat in the front row. Will smiled his broadest, most enthusiastic smile, and when Catherine faltered on a line, he furrowed his brows, wiggled his ears, and stuck out his tongue.”—Bittersweet Harvest   In real...