Carini was unofficial curator of Milwaukee's Italian community

Jul 16, 2015 850

By Bill Glauber

Mario Carini was the unofficial historian of Milwaukee's Italian-American community. He was a retired schoolteacher who spent months poring through records in reference libraries. He was the man families entrusted with their precious, vintage black-and-white photos of people and places long gone yet lovingly remembered.

And he made sure those photos and other artifacts of daily life in the old Third Ward would be arranged perfectly inside the Pompeii Church exhibit tent at the annual Festa Italiana. "Mario was always interested in the stories that some of the old-timers would tell about traditions and coming to America," said his youngest sister, Rosemary Carini Strzelec.

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