History Sandwiched In

Red Bikes, Green Transportation

Martha Laugen, City Manager, Madison BCycle, explains the history of bicycle sharing, discusses the bike share system in Madison and neighboring cities, and explores the future as bike sharing continues to expand within the urban transportation structure.

Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day

Bill Christofferson, Author, "The Man from Clear Lake," focuses on the life of Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was Governor of Wisconsin, a U.S. Senator and the founder of Earth Day. Christofferson highlights Nelson’s early life and delves into Nelson’s role as one of the leading environmentalists of the 20th century.

The History of Miniature Golf

June Melby, Author, "My Family and Other Hazards," addresses the rise and fall in popularity of miniature golf from its beginnings in the 1920s during the Great Depression to the present. Melby shares stories of her summers working at her family’s miniature golf course.

Kissel, Wisconsin's Luxury Automobile

Dawn Bondhus Mueller, Executive Director, Wisconsin Automotive Museum, Hartford, presents the history of the Kissel Motor Car Company, the manufacturer of custom built automobiles, located in Hartford from 1906 until 1931. Although fewer than 200 complete cars exist today, Kissel produced around 35,000 cars within a twenty five year span.

The National Bike Challenge

Rob Gusky, Engineering Technical Leader, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, explains the background behind the National Bike Challenge he founded in 2008. The goal of the challenge is to encourage participants to ride for fun, improved health and a better environment.

Paramount Records: Beyond the Blues

Tom Caw, Music Public Services Librarian, Mills Music Library, UW-Madison, and Dean Blackwood, Founder, Revenant Records, share the stories behind the music made by Wisconsin musicians and recorded by Paramount Records in the 1920s and early 1930s. Although Paramount Records was known for its recording of blues, gospel and jazz, Caw highlights some of the other musical styles they released.

The Badger State Trail

William Hauda, President, Friends of the Badger State Trail, explains the history of the Badger State Trail from its origin as a freight and passenger rail line from Chicago to Madison which failed to gain approval in the Wisconsin Legislature to a premier bicycling trail. Hauda discusses how the Badger State Trail fits into the national bicycle interstate system.

Harley-Davidson's Lost Photographs, 1915-1916

Amy Gnadt, Curator, Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, focuses on the rich photo archive at the Harley Davidson Museum. Recently discovered photos, featured in the 2013 "Exposed! Harley-Davidson's Lost Photographs, 1915-1916" document century old Milwaukee products, people and places.

Homemaking on the Radio

Erika Janik, Historian and Author, discusses the role WHA Radio’s Homemaker’s Program played in encouraging rural Wisconsin women to adopt new technologies which allowed them to improve the quality of their lives and those of their families. The Homemaker’s Program aired for more than 40 years.

Rethinking Jean Nicolet's Journey to Wisconsin

Patrick Jung, Associate Professor, General Studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering, delves into the myths claiming that Jean Nicolet was seeking an inland passage to China by way of the Great Lakes. Based on a misunderstanding of the original sources, Jung presents a fascinating reinterpretation of Nicolet’s journey.

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