History Sandwiched In
Amy Rosebrough, Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses the sacred earthen sculptures created by Native people a thousand years ago to mark the graves of their dead. The effigy mounds, found primarily in Wisconsin, take the shapes of animals, birds and spirits.
Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses the changes in attitudes about children’s clothing beginning in the late 1700s. Instead of dressing young children as miniature adults, clothing which allowed children more freedom of movement became the fashion.
Bob Jacobson, Author of “Ole Evinrude and His Outboard Motor,” shares the success story of Ole Evinrude. Jacobson traces Evinrude's story from the time the family left Norway when Evinrude was three, to his invention of the outboard motor.
Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society, reviews the resources available at the Wisconsin Historical Society to help research local and family histories.
Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society, and John Janzen, Underwater Videographer, present the story of the shipwrecked schooner Rouse Simmons. The ship, filled with Christmas trees, was en route to Chicago when it sank on November 22, 1912. Thomsen and Janzen share a new video which provides an underwater tour of the wreck site.
David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus, Geology and Geophysics, UW-Madison, shares an historical perspective of how the landscape could have been viewed a hundred years ago and contrasts that with a new remote sensing technology called “Lidar,” a combination of light and radar.
Leslie Bellais, Curator, Costumes and Textiles, Wisconsin Historical Society, presents a bedspread from the Wisconsin Historical Society’s collection which was purported to have been on bed where Abraham Lincoln died. Bellais examines the evidence, sources and theories surrounding the bedspread.
Matthew J. Prigge, Author, "Milwaukee Mayhem," shares stories of mystery, murder and mayhem during the early years of Milwaukee’s history as a city.
James Longhurst, Associate Professor, History, UW-La Crosse, explores the 1890s idea of a sidepath network of hard-surface bike paths, protected by law, crossing the nation. Networks were built from upstate New York to central Minnesota.
Thomas Broman, Professor, History of Science Department, UW-Madison, and Sergio González, Graduate Student, Department of History, UW-Madison, introduce a collaborative public history project which shares a community’s interesting or important objects through an interactive website.