History

Frank J. Hess Cooperage - Ep. 272

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.

Thailand - Ep. 270

Thongchai Winichakul, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison

Native of Bangkok, Thailand, Professor Thongchai Winichakul explores the historical background of the city, the ethnic and religious conflicts there, and the crisis of democratization.

Abraham Lincoln and the Second Founding of the American...

Stephen Kantrowitz, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison

Americans are still passionately arguing about the life, career, and legacy of our sixteenth president, who played a role in reformulating many of the most basic aspects of American life. Arguments about Lincoln are really arguments about the nation as it was remade by Confederate defeat, slave emancipation, and Reconstruction.

The Iron Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign - Ep. 266

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.

A Freedom Journey to the Milton House - Ep. 263

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.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Translating a Uniquely American Home...

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.

Allen Centennial Gardens' Vision: Tribute to the Past,...

Ed Lyon, Senior Outreach Specialist, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison

Allen Centennial Gardens is a 2.5 acre gem on the UW-Madison campus. New director of the Gardens Ed Lyon brings a new vision for Allen Centennial. This talk explains the history of the Gardens, discusses changing trends and audiences and defines Lyon's vision of how the Gardens will adapt to meet new needs.

Future of US-European Relations in the Shadow of the Iraq...

Jeremi Suri, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison

With an impressive background in history, Professor Jeremi Suri analyses the likely relationship between the United States and Europe in the aftermath of the Iraq War.

Horribly Odd Wisconsin - Ep. 230

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".

Picturing Indians: Photographic Encounters and Tourist...

Janice Rice, Outreach Coordinator, College Library, UW-Madison. Tom Jones, Assistant Professor, Department of Photography, UW-Madison

Janice Rice and Tom Jones offer a Ho-Chunk perspective on Steven Hoelscher's "Picturing Indians: Photographic Encounters and Tourist Fantasies." The book examines H. H. Bennett's work and the Ho-Chunk people he photographed in the Wisconsin Dells area.

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