History Sandwiched In
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.