History Sandwiched In
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.
Joseph Salmons, Professor, Department of German, UW-Madison
Wisconsinites know and regularly celebrate the role of immigration in our state's history. Language is one of the most important things immigrants bring with them. UW Madison Professor Joseph Salmons talks about language as a window onto the immigrant experience, past and present.
John Broihahn, State Archeologist and Keith Jasin, Masters Student in Cultural Anthropology, UW-Milwaukee, State Archeologist
Wisconsin celebrates Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month each May. John H. Broihahn as he shares interesting details about the mounds and burial-mound building development in Wisconsin.
Bob Jacobson, author of 'Les Paul: Guitar Wizard,' describes the many obstacles and inspirations that shaped Les Paul's amazing career as one of America's true musical giants. In addition to inventing the solid-body electric guitar, Paul pioneered the multi-track recording machine.