Author Peggy Marxen to speak at Annual Meeting

The annual meeting is back!  Please join us on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 10 am at the Middleton Senior Center, 7448 Hubbard Ave,  Middleton to hear Peggy Marxen talk about her memoir The Farm on Badger Creek: Memories of a Midwest Girlhood

The event will include a very short annual meeting, followed by Peggy Marxen’s talk.  Coffee and treats, including Cherry Winks, which are described in the book, will be available while they last.

All are welcome, and do not need to sign up prior to the event.  Books will be on sale following the talk.

Peggy Prilaman Marxen grew up near the town of Meteor in northwestern Wisconsin’s Sawyer County, isolated by geography yet surrounded by close-knit extended family. Multiple generations of her family witnessed changes to rural Wisconsin that altered the fabric of their lives and the lives of all in their community, including the introduction of new farming techniques, school consolidation, and revolutions in transportation and technology.

The family supplemented their subsistence herd of dairy cows by hunting, fishing, and selling timber and maple syrup. For many years, her home, like those of her neighbors, lacked indoor plumbing, electricity, and a telephone. As a young child, Peggy attended a one-room schoolhouse and walked, biked, or sledded the three miles to school and back, no matter the weather.

With a lyrical style that mixes nostalgia with humorous anecdotes, Marxen traces her family’s story through the best and worst of times. The Farm on Badger Creek is a fitting tribute to her settler ancestors and a way of life now gone— and a celebration of the hardy people who carve out a life in our nation’s rural communities.

PEGGY PRILAMAN MARXEN taught fourth grade for 33 years. She lives in Middleton, Wisconsin.

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