TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL. . .
It has been approximately 14 months since I first submitted my book to the University of Akron Press. In that time I have had email correspondence with them telling me that they are likely to publish it in the fall of 2013. This is pretty exciting in that it will be a book that is available for people to purchase for Christmas!
So many people from the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys have moved away due to the mills closing and the economy in general, I am hoping that my book, Melting Pot Memories: A Memoir with Recipes will serve as a link between "Youngstown Present" and "Youngstown Past." I find that many young people, when asked their ethnicity have either no idea or do not want to acknowledge Italian, Hungarian etc. That is such a loss for them.
I find that as I get older, I want to know more about those people who came before me. A lot of this can be blamed on my majoring in history is college but, otherwise, I think it is a natural occurrence for us human beings. As we age, for me at least, it becomes important to know about my early family members.
Our area is so rich in cultural diversity that it is important to keep the younger generations aware of their heritage. Groups like Polish Youngstown and the Ethnic Heritage Society are doing a good job but we as individuals need to do more. Talk to you children and grandchildren about the "good old days," even if they were not that good for our parents and grandparents.