Ryan Schwartz, Event Coordinator at Old World Wisconsin, explores the history of base ball games beginning in the early 1800s. Schwartz delves into a controversy focused on whether the game of Rounders was an early form of baseball or whether Abner Doubleday created the sport.
Mary Anna Evans, Assistant Professor in the Department of Professional Writing at the University of Oklahoma, discusses the importance of focusing on facts to write an entertaining story. Evans uses archaeology, scientific methods and her life experiences to create historically accurate fiction.
Robert Frykenberg, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at UW-Madison, discusses the establishment of Thomas Christians, followers of the Apostle Thomas, in India two thousand years ago.
Larry Nesper, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, details the conflicts between the state of Wisconsin and the Ojibwe bands of northern Wisconsin in the 1980s and 1990s concerning the Native Americans' right to spearfish. Nesper discusses how the relationship between the state and the tribes have transformed in subsequent years.
Ann Lewis, Author of “Ship Captain's Daughter,” reflects on what it was like to grow up in the family of a Great Lakes shipping captain.
Amy Rosebrough, Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses the sacred earthen sculptures created by Native people a thousand years ago to mark the graves of their dead. The effigy mounds, found primarily in Wisconsin, take the shapes of animals, birds and spirits.
Sarah Meredith Livingston, Associate Professor in the School of Music at UW-Green Bay, and Jiebing Chen, Erhu Virtuoso, celebrate the lives of five performing artist: Hildegard von Bingen, Clara Schumann, Antonia Brico, Isadora Duncan and Billie Holiday. Chen performs on the erhu and shares the story of her immigration to the United States from China.
Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses the changes in attitudes about children’s clothing beginning in the late 1700s. Instead of dressing young children as miniature adults, clothing which allowed children more freedom of movement became the fashion.
Nancy Turner, Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Education at UW-Platteville, debunks five commonly held misconceptions concerning the Scientific Revolution. Turner focuses on the sun-centered universe, magic, the Protestant Reformation, alchemy and the discoveries in medicine, biology, astronomy and physics.
Caroline Boswell, Associate Professor of History at UW-Green Bay, delves into the medieval and early modern history of the English public houses. Boswell discusses the cultural, social and political nature of the drinking establishments sometimes referred to as “dens of iniquity.”