History Sandwiched In

Collecting Civil Rights Manuscripts During the 1960's

Michael Edmonds, Deputy Director, Library Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, explains why the Wisconsin Historical Society owns one of the nation’s richest archives on the civil rights movement. For 50 years researchers have turned to these archives to find letters, diaries, meeting minutes, photographs and other primary sources related to the uprisings and unrest of the mid 20th century.

An African American Life in Search of Justice

Jody LePage, Co-Author, "Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice," presents the oral history autobiography of Sylvia Bell White. The story focuses on Sylvia Bell White's post-World War II migration to Milwaukee and her pursuit of justice for her younger brother's racially charged murder.

One Small Farm

Craig Schreiner, Photographer, captures everyday life on the farm through photographs in his book, “One Small Farm: Photographs of a Wisconsin Way of Life.” Schreiner follows the Lamberty family of Pine Bluff, Wisconsin as he explores the future of small farm agriculture and the rural way of life.

Romantic Geography

Yi-Fu Tuan, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, UW-Madison, shares stories of heroic explorers who ventured to forbidding environments to test their power of endurance. Tuan explores the idea that humans can find salvation in geographies that fit their romantic aspirations and their nature.

Old Maps, New Stories

Susan Krueger, Map Librarian, Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses ways maps can be used by genealogists, treasure hunters, historians, teachers, artists and hobby enthusiasts. Krueger explores how “outdated” maps can still be used and highlights various maps available at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

The Legacy of Ice-Age Winds, Forest and Prairie

Joseph Mason, Professor, Department of Geography, UW-Madison, discusses naturalist John Muir’s walk from Madison to the Muir family farm in upper Marquette County in the 1860s. Mason highlights the changes in terrain, at that time, from rolling prairie in DeForest to wetlands in Poynette to forest in Ennis Lake.

Relief Maps at the University of Wisconsin

Melanie McCalmont, Geographer, shares human stories behind the UW-Madison collection of 3-D relief maps. The maps document the struggle to understand our new relationships to the land after decades of rapid change by exploration, settlement, war and scientific advances. McCalmont tells of expeditions and earthquakes, bankruptcy and battlefields, governments and glaciers.

The Great Peshtigo Fire

Scott Knickelbine, author of “The Great Peshtigo Fire: Stories and Science from America’s Deadliest Fire”, shares the history and relevance of the Great Peshtigo fire. The forestry and agriculture in Peshtigo, together with unusual environmental factors in 1817, come together to create this Wisconsin disaster.

Pioneers of Ecological Restoration

Franklin E. Court, author of "Pioneers of Ecological Restoration," explores the history of the UW-Madison arboretum and the people who created, shaped and sustained it. Leading up to the establishment of the arboretum in 1932, Court begins his history with John Nolen, the famous landscape architect who created plans for the city of Madison, UW-Madison and the Wisconsin state parks.

Father Groppi, Civil Rights Leader

Author Stuart Stotts, "Father Groppi: Marching for Civil Rights," shares the story of Father James Groppi's life, passions and struggles. Father Groppi was an influential civil rights leader during the late 1960s, a turbulent time nationally and in his hometown of Milwaukee. He worked tirelessly in, and for, the community he loved.

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