History Sandwiched In
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.
Jonathan Kasparek, an assistant professor in the Department of History at UW-Waukesha, examines how progressive legislation reinvented democracy in the early 19th century and laid the groundwork for national reform. Kasparek explains that Wisconsin was in the forefront of state government reform.
Erika Janik, author of "Madison: History of a Model City," discusses how Madison transformed itself from the "center of the wilderness" to the "Laboratory of Democracy."
Stuart Stotts, author, claims that sometimes being a hero means having to fight. Learn about the fighting attitudes of Curly Lambeau and Lucius Fairchild and their essential contributions to Wisconsin history and culture.
Pete Barnes, author of "Harley and the Davidsons: Motorcycle Legends," discusses the biographies of William Harley and Arthur Davidson, founders of Harley-Davidson Motor Co., and Richard Bong, America's Ace of Aces pilot who shot down more enemy planes than any other American pilot--dreamers whose journeys lead to fame and glory.
Susan Troller, a writer for The Capital Times, shares her book, "Cluck: From Jungle Fowl to City Chicks." Troller tells stories of Wisconsin folk and their experiences raising chickens in their backyards.
Patricia Bauer, author, and David Geister, illustrator, present a costumed reading of Civil War era Wisconsin newspapers and from their book, "B is for Battle Cry." Sherry and Don Ladig, musicians from the mid-19th century American music band "The New Pearl Buttons," provide music and accompaniment for Patricia Bauer as she sings songs from the war.
Joe Kapler and David Driscoll, curators at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, provide a sneak peek into the Wisconsin Historical Museum's next major exhibition exploring the diverse array of inventions, concepts, and traditions that originated - in one way or another - in Wisconsin.
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.