History Sandwiched In
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.
Nancy C. Unger, an associate professor of history at Santa Clara University, examines how the unique environmental concerns and activism of women framed the way the larger culture responded. She also highlights the contributions of Wisconsin women to environmental history. Unger is the author of “Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History.”
R. Bruce Allison, author of “If Trees Could Talk,” offers fascinating stories that introduce noteworthy trees, both past and present, across Wisconsin.
David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at UW-Madison, shares the geologic story of Lake Mendota, Glacial Lake Wisconsin, Indian Lake and Devil’s Lake.
Author Bob Kann, author of "Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero," shares Kenosha native Joyce Westerman’s stories of growing up during the Great Depression, working at American Motors, and playing professional baseball. Westerman played for eight years in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League depicted in the movie, "A League of Their Own."
Kristine Weir-Martell, the Dir. of Programs at the Ten Chimneys Foundation, provides a glimpse into the lives and style of actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne during their time at Ten Chimneys. Weir-Martell discusses the music and theater programs which allow the traditions of the Lunts to continue.
Mike Jacobs, assistant professor, Department of History, UW Baraboo.
Mike Jacobs goes into detail about the secret codes and traditions of the Ku Klux Klan. He also delves into their precise activity in the state of Wisconsin.
Mike Jacobs, Assistant Professor, UW Baraboo/Sauk County Historical Department
Mike Jacobs, Assistant Professor of History at UW Baraboo/Sauk county, lectures on the history of the Ku Klux Klan but focuses on its activities in Wisconsin during the 1920s giving particular attention to its rise, appeal, opponents and ultimate decline.
Sara Rath, Author. In the "spirit" of Odd Wisconsin, Sara Rath takes you through the history of the Wonewoc Spiritualist Camp, which has been welcoming visitors since 1893. Mediums are still in residence each summer to do readings, seances, and past-life regressions. Rath will trace the development of the camp while sharing stories about the weird happenings there.
David Nelson Academic Program Director, UW-Madison
Vitamins, dietary health, nutrition as a science... it all goes back to the University of Wisconsin. Academic Program Director, David Nelson, shares Babcock and Hart's contributions to science. Together, Babcock and Hart encouraged and inspired a generation of nutrition researchers, including Harry STeenbock and Conrad Elvehjem.