History Sandwiched In
David Sakrison, Author
David Sakrison discusses his latest book about birds.
Gary Hess, Grandson of Frank Hess
Jim Hess, Grandson of Frank Hess
In 1904, Frank J. Hess & Sons Cooperage opened at 1952 Atwood Avenue in Schenk's Corners at the urging of local brewer Henry Fauerbach. Gary Hess, grandson of Frank Hess, talks about the history of Wisconsin's largest cooperage on Madison's east side.
Lance Herdegen, an author and historian, delves into the history of the Iron Brigade--Wisconsin and Michigan soldiers fighting in the Civil War. Herdegen explains the Black Hat and Iron Brigade labels and discusses the battles in which they fought.
Cori Olson, Executive Director, Milton House Museum
Pioneer Joseph Goodrich built what is now the oldest concrete home in the U.S. Goodrich created a tunnel used for the Underground Railroad, now part of the National Park Service's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
Virginia Boyd, Professor, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison
Frank Lloyd Wright was committed to designing a house that reflected a uniquely American way of life. Professor Virginia Boyd identifies several ways he translated his abstract ideas about an appropriate American house form into actual design.
Erika Janik, Freelance writer
Erika Janik used her interest in strange things in history to energize her collection of bizarre stories, which she collaborated to create her book and exhibit called "Odd Wisconsin".
Jim Draeger, Author; Mark Speltz, Author
Co-authors of "Fill'er up" Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz present on the topic of gas stations, followed by questions from the audience and book signings.
David Canon, Professor, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison
Professor David Canon discusses how Washington is broken and his ideas for fixing it. He points out the flaws of the nomination and election process then proposes potential remedies.
Nancy C. Unger, Professor, Department of History, Santa Clara Univeristy
Nancy Unger expresses her fascination with Bob LaFollette's progressive legacy in her lecture entitled "Fighting Bob LaFollette's Progressivism, Past, Present and Future". He was recognized as one of the seven greatest senators in American history. She aims to increase understanding and appreciation for what he created.
Historian and author Robert J. Laplander
Robert Laplander talks about "The Lost Battalion" being the bloodiest battle America has ever been involved in. He discusses the history of what really happened during this event and its connection to Wisconsin.