History Sandwiched In
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.
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.
Pat Ehrenberg, a quilter from Ripon, WI, shares the stories behind the quilts that were sewn during the Civil War and distributed to the soldiers on the battlefields. Quilts that were made for the soldiers were a different size and shape than what most quilters would have made for their homes and they were made out of unusual fabrics due to a shortage of material during the war.
Stephanie Golightly Lowden, Author, discusses the political climate in Wisconsin during World War I and how it impacted German-Americans. Her research of this time period inspired her children's novel, 'Jingo Fever,' which explores the timeless issues of immigration and bullying.
Michael Edmonds, author, discusses the history of fictional lumberjack legend and hero, Paul Bunyan.
Michael Hecht, a local artist, utilizes a unique interaction of music, personal artwork and historic speech excerpts by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to bring a personal perspective to the life of Dr. King.
Isaac Walters, Teacher
The fur trade was Wisconsin's first truly global economic endeavor. In the mid 17th century, the French came to Wisconsin looking for furs, bringing with them an array of goods from all over the world. Isaac Walters explains what the fur trade was, how it worked, and who was involved, and he also takes a look at the facts and myths of the fur trade.
Isaac Walters, History Teacher, looks back in time at the after effects of Wisconsin's fur trade, specifically discussing how this influenced the early Creole settlements. He also defines the term "Creole" and offers a look at their culture.
Bob Kahn, Author Bob Kann, author of "A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and Her Cookbook," shares stories about Lizzie Kander, Milwaukee's early 20th century culinary wonder. Kander's "Settlement Cook Book" helped young immigrant girls learn to cook nutritious "American-style" meals. The proceeds from her book helped to build Milwaukee's first settlement house and later Jewish Community...
Fred Wade, Attorney, talks about the Frankenstein veto, which is the power of the governor to use his partial veto power in a way that allows him to make laws that were not originally approved by the legislature. Fred discusses the contradiction this posses and looks into the history of Wisconsin's state constitution.