History Sandwiched In
Stuart Levitan, Historian and author of "Madison: The Illustrated Sesquicentennial History, Volume 1, 1856-1931," delves into the history of the Civil War and what it meant for Madison. Levitan focuses on the physical landscape of Madison, with photographs from the 1860s, as he explores the politics of the day.
Norm Meinholtz, an archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society, shares recent discoveries at the Pamperin Park North site near Green Bay. The pre-contact settlement excavated in 2010 contains the remains of a pit house, cooking and refuge pits, and numerous artifacts suggesting the site was a winter homestead.
Leslie Bellais, Curator of the Wisconsin Historical Society, exhibits artifacts from the Civil War that have a Wisconsin connection. Discover the fascinating stories behind such souvenirs as Governor Lewis Harvey's knife, Vivandiere Eliza Wilson's dress jacket and a contraband collar taken off the neck of a runaway slave.
Hank Whipple, a retired attorney, shares his knowledge of the Union's plans during the Civil War for gaining control of the Mississippi and its connecting rivers and for the naval engagement on the Confederate Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.
Mike Jacobs, a professor at UW-Baraboo/Sauk Co., focuses on the propaganda employed by the nativist faction--xenophobes who believe any new Americans should resemble the macro-culture in appearance, customs and ambition. Jacobs demonstrates that fears have neither changed nor diminished over the course of American history.
David Sakrison, Author
David Sakrison shares the history and development of the city of Madison through a collection of historic postcards.
Dennis McCann, Author
Author Dennis McCann talks about his interest in cemeteries and how visiting grave yards around the country lead to writing "Badger Boneyards," a book about cemeteries in Wisconsin.
Troy Reeves, Oral History Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Troy Reeves discusses the meaning of oral history and its importance in the transfer of knowledge through generations, also touching specifically on its context in the state of Wisconsin.
Dale Williams, Director, H.H. Bennett Studio.
Dale Williams introduces 19th century photographer Henry Hamilton Bennett. Bennett settled in Wisconsin Dells and was considered by many to be one of the best photographers during the golden age of landscape photography.
Linda Waggoner, author
Linda Waggoner tells the life story of Angel DeCora, a prominent Winnebago artist, tracing her growth as an artist in the 1800s. She also explains the importance of her works in the context of other Winnebago art.