History Sandwiched In

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.

Wisconsin's Ethnic Diversity

Kazimierz J. Zaniewski, Geographer & Co-author, "Atlas of Ethnic Diversity in Wisconsin," Professor, Dept. of Geology, UW-Oshkosh, explores the origins of the ethnic groups who have immigrated to Wisconsin since the formation of the state in the 1840s. Zaniewski traced more than 60 ethnic groups through several immigration waves.

Life, Death, and Archaeology at Fort Blue Mounds

Robert Birmingham, Author, offers a glimpse into the lives of the soldiers and settlers who sought refuge at Fort Blue Mounds, strategically located in southwestern Wisconsin, during an 1832 conflict. Fast forwarding to the present; Birmingham along with Wisconsin Historical Society archaeologists and volunteers search for the fort and unearth fascinating details into the lives of the inhabitants.

A Farm in Wisconsin

Richard Quinney, Author, "A Farm in Wisconsin," shares the story of his family’s farm which grew from a few acres to the present day 160 acres. Quinney’s family farm in Walworth County, WI was purchased by his great-grandfather in 1868 shortly after emigrating from Ireland.

A Kite’s View of Wisconsin

Craig Wilson, Author, "Hanging by a Thread" and "A Little More Line," discusses his two books of kite photography. Using a camera suspended from a kite Wilson photographs nature, cityscapes, landscapes, festivals and even a Badger game. Enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin from a different perspective.

History of the Bicycle

David Herlihy, author of "Bicycle: The History," delves into the history of the bicycle, originally described as a “mechanical horse.” Herlihy discusses the invention of the bicycle, the freedom it provides, regardless of social class, and the passion surrounding this mode of transportation.

Life, Death, and Archaeology at Fort Blue Mounds

Robert Birmingham, Author, offers a glimpse into the lives of the soldiers and settlers who sought refuge at Fort Blue Mounds, strategically located in southwestern Wisconsin, during an 1832 conflict. Fast forwarding to the present; Birmingham along with Wisconsin Historical Society archaeologists and volunteers search for the fort and unearth fascinating details into the lives of the inhabitants.

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