History Sandwiched In

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

Harry 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.

Madison and the New Left in the Sixties

Matt Levin, Author and High School Teacher, McFarland, discusses his book, “Cold War University.” Levin explores the relationship between higher education and the Cold War, focusing on how the University of Wisconsin-Madison became a hub of student political activism in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider

Author and Historian Clark Kidder shares stories of orphans transported from New York City to the Midwest. Nearly 150,000 children were sent to live with farm families between 1853 and 1929. Kidder tells the story of his paternal grandmother, Emily Reese Kidder of Milton who was brought to Wisconsin in 1909 on an orphan train.

Paul Seifert's Wisconsin Farm Paintings

Joe Kapler, Curator, Wisconsin Historical Museum, and Sarah Anne Stolte, Doctoral Candidate, UW-Madison discuss “Wisconsin in Watercolor: The Farmscapes of Paul Siefert.” Learn about the life of Siefert, a German immigrant artist, his vision of his surroundings and the land that inspired his work.

Wisconsin Lighthouses

Barb and Ken Wardius, co-authors, "Wisconsin Lighthouses: A Photographic and Historical Guide," share photos and tales of historic Wisconsin lighthouses and the mariners they guided. Learn about the lighthouses on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Winnebago. Discover what life was like for the lighthouse keepers.

Wisconsin Women in the War Between the States

John Zimm, Associate Editor, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, discusses the book, “Wisconsin Women in the War Between the States.” Zimm highlights ways the women worked to support the war effort including encouraging the men to enlist, making bandages and clothing and sending food to the troops.

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