New Oral History Initiative

Midpen Media is providing advice for an exciting new oral history initiative soon to begin at the Italian Heritage Foundation in San Jose. Elliot Margolies, the founder and coordinator of Midpen Media’s immigrant stories archive,, gave a workshop at the Italian organization’s monthly luncheon last month. It so happens that of nearly 600 stories in the Made Into America archive, the one that has been read the most – nearly 3,000 times – is about Francesca, an Italian war bride who married a U.S. Air Force serviceman at the end of World War II. Coincidentally, Francesca’s son was in the audience at the luncheon and he invited Elliot to come and meet the 103-year-old immigration story author.