Women of Madeline Island Speaker’s Series: Dr. Maureen Mack - Madeline Island Museum
The Journey of The Women of Madeline IslandFree and Open to the Public
What inspired the writing of The Women of Madeline Island?
The author tells of attending a performance of "Riding the Wind" at Big Top Chautauqua some years ago. Other than a picture of an aged Gram Johnson with no specifics about her, there were no women included of Madeline and the Bayfield area in the production. She set out to rectify that omission.
The author’s talk, The Journey of The Women of Madeline Island, documents the journey the author took beginning with the research of notable Madeline Island women and what she learned about her own connections to the area unknown to her before working on her book. The talk will focus on the sometimes uncomfortable process of searching out the hidden parts of lives, including her own life, and the joy in discovering a sense of belonging and connectedness to the past.
Dr. Mack will offer suggestions about recording family histories and creating ones’ own hardcopy of family history in a multitude of formats.
DR. MAUREEN MACK
Maureen D. Mack is a professor emerita at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. She is the author of Finding Center: Strategies to Build Strong Girls and Women and The Women of Madeline Island. Her published essay, "A Better Ending", earned a Pushcart Prize nomination. She is currently working on a novel, Wild Dreams. She considers Madeline Island in the Apostle Islands as her spiritual home.