History Sandwiched In

The National Bike Challenge

Rob Gusky, Engineering Technical Leader, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, explains the background behind the National Bike Challenge he founded in 2008. The goal of the challenge is to encourage participants to ride for fun, improved health and a better environment.

Paramount Records: Beyond the Blues

Tom Caw, Music Public Services Librarian, Mills Music Library, UW-Madison, and Dean Blackwood, Founder, Revenant Records, share the stories behind the music made by Wisconsin musicians and recorded by Paramount Records in the 1920s and early 1930s. Although Paramount Records was known for its recording of blues, gospel and jazz, Caw highlights some of the other musical styles they released.

The Badger State Trail

William Hauda, President, Friends of the Badger State Trail, explains the history of the Badger State Trail from its origin as a freight and passenger rail line from Chicago to Madison which failed to gain approval in the Wisconsin Legislature to a premier bicycling trail. Hauda discusses how the Badger State Trail fits into the national bicycle interstate system.

Harley-Davidson's Lost Photographs, 1915-1916

Amy Gnadt, Curator, Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, focuses on the rich photo archive at the Harley Davidson Museum. Recently discovered photos, featured in the 2013 "Exposed! Harley-Davidson's Lost Photographs, 1915-1916" document century old Milwaukee products, people and places.

Homemaking on the Radio

Erika Janik, Historian and Author, discusses the role WHA Radio’s Homemaker’s Program played in encouraging rural Wisconsin women to adopt new technologies which allowed them to improve the quality of their lives and those of their families. The Homemaker’s Program aired for more than 40 years.

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.


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