History

The Story of Dick and Marge Bong

Bill Wood, Aviation Historian, relays the story of Wisconsin World War II Medal of Honor recipient Richard Bong and his wife, Marge. Bong flew P-38 fighter planes in the Pacific and became America’s all-time Ace of Aces with 40 confirmed victories. Dick met Marge while on leave and the two became national media sensations. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum.

An Airborne Greenhorn

Art Schmitz, U.S. Army Veteran, World War II, shares his aerial experiences during World War II. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum.

Lincoln's Pragmatism: Abolition and States' Rights

Edward Gimbel, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UW-Whitewater, delves into the dilemma that President Abraham Lincoln faced between preserving the Union and the emancipation of slaves.

Diagnosing and Treating Prostate Cancer

David Jarrard, Professor, Department of Urology, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, addresses clinical questions about prostate cancer including why it is more frequent in an aging population, which cancers are dangerous and how to identify them. Jarrard discusses whether prostate cancer can be prevented.

B17, the Final Mission

Chris Henry, Staff Member, Experimental Aircaft Association, presents personal stories and never before seen photos of what it was like to be a crew member aboard the B17 Flying Fortress during World War II. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum.

The Medieval Battlegrounds of the First World War

Carol Symes, Professor, Department of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, explores the use of medieval monuments and cathedrals as a motivation to rally the French people to fight in World War One.

The U.S. Campaign Against Psychosurgery

Jenell Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, focuses on the campaign led by psychiatrist Peter Breggin to stop the use of psychosurgery as a means of curbing violent behavior. The controversy cummulated in congressional hearings, legislation and the formation of a federal commission.

Rethinking Jean Nicolet's Journey to Wisconsin

Patrick Jung, Associate Professor, General Studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering, delves into the myths claiming that Jean Nicolet was seeking an inland passage to China by way of the Great Lakes. Based on a misunderstanding of the original sources, Jung presents a fascinating reinterpretation of Nicolet’s journey.

Cancer Research Milestones at McArdle Lab

Henry Pitot, Professor Emeritus, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, UW-Madison, shares the history of the lab. Pitot discusses the researchers who have worked at the 75 year old laboratory and highlights their cancer research findings.

The Science of Supper Clubs

Terese Allen, Co-author, "The Flavor of Wisconsin," Ron Faiola, Author, "Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience," and Robin Shepard, Author, "Wisconsin's Best Breweries and Brewpubs" share their thoughts on the history and cuisine of Wisconsin supper clubs.

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