History Sandwiched In

Rethinking Jean Nicolet's Journey to Wisconsin

Patrick Jung, Associate Professor, General Studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering, delves into the myths claiming that Jean Nicolet was seeking an inland passage to China by way of the Great Lakes. Based on a misunderstanding of the original sources, Jung presents a fascinating reinterpretation of Nicolet’s journey.

Lost Towns of Southern Wisconsin

Kim Tschudy, Historian and Author, shares stories of southern Wisconsin’s abandoned “ghost” towns. Important in the early development of the state, these lost towns now only exist as notes on old maps or in local lore.

Wisconsin Folk Art

Richard March, Folklorist, Author, explores the cultural landscape of Wisconsin’s ethnic, occupational and regional traditions. Groups that settled in the state retained many of their cultural traditions, creating a distinctive folk heritage.

Ernest Hüpenden's Painted Forest Murals

David Smith, Art Professor, Edgewood College, introduces the murals painted by self-taught artist Ernest Hüpenden in the late 1890s. Hüpenden’s work reflects the rich tradition of folk art in Wisconsin and is painted on the walls and ceiling at The Painted Forest in Valton, Wisconsin.

Art and History at Shake Rag Alley

Megan O'Connell, Executive Director, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, Mineral Point, shares the history of the center for artists and crafts people in Wisconsin’s Driftless region. Artists are drawn to Shake Rag Alley to share traditional craft techniques.

Stories from the Days of One-Room Schools

Susan Apps-Bodilly, Teacher and Author, “One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades,” delves into what education was like in one-room schools in Wisconsin. Students were in class with their siblings and teachers lived with the families. Learn what led to the closing of the schools, which were also gathering places for the community.

Viskonsin! Yiddish Radio in Badgerland

Henry Sapoznik, Director, Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, UW-Madison, shares the history of how Yiddish radio came to Wisconsin in 1929. With an offer from William Paley to join the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), WISN in Milwaukee signed on to air Yiddish programming from New York City.

The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine

Erika Janik, Author, Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine, shares stories of popular alternative medical cures in 19th century America. Janik discusses remedies which challenged mainstream medical practices and which drew support from such notables as Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Charles Darwin.

Early Excavations at Aztalan

Kurt Sampson, Naturalist, Aztalan State Park, shares photographs taken during excavations at Aztalan State Park. The photos, dated 1919, 1920 and 1932, offer a glimpse into the site’s prehistoric occupation.

Wisconsin Printmakers

Andrew Stevens, Curator of Prints, Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison, discusses printmaking as an art form. Stevens introduces the works of various print makers throughout Wisconsin history.

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