History Sandwiched In
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.
Paul Reckner, Archaeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society, explores the relationship between the geological and cultural histories that have drawn humans for at least 2,500 years to Wisconsin, Door County and Nicolet Bay.
Nicolaas Mink, a visiting assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Department at Knox College, discusses the deep roots of fast food in American life and culture. We normally think of fast food beginning in the American suburbs with the emergence of great chains like McDonald's, but that's not the case.