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Schwinn Bicycle's Distribution System

Richard Schwinn, Great-grandson of Ignaz Schwinn, shares the history of the Schwinn Bicycle Company and focuses on the bicycle distribution system, Schwinn’s secret success factor.

The Rise and Fall of Cahokia

Samuel Muñoz, Doctoral Graduate, Department of Geography, UW-Madison, explores the mid-11th century Cahokia civilization, a major political, agricultural, ritualistic and artistic center in the central Mississippi River valley near what is now St. Louis, Missouri. The disappearance of the civilization around 1200 has mystified archaeologists and geographers for decades.

The Unexpected Belle La Follette

Nancy C. Unger, Author, “Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer,” explores surprising truths about Belle La Follette, a radical reformer who was a very influential woman in the realm of public affairs in the United States.

The Scandinavian Invasion of the Midwest

Julie K. Allen, Associate Professor, Department of Scandinavian Studies, UW-Madison, traces the legacy of the nearly three million Scandinavians who immigrated to the U.S. between 1825 and 1930. Many of whom settled in the Midwest, fought in the Civil War, created homesteads, built Lutheran churches and universities and shaped the culture in their new country.

The Life of Carrie Chapman Catt

Rebecca Rodriguez, Librarian, Grace Balloch Memorial Library, Spearfish, South Dakota, shares the story of Carrie Chapman Catt from Ripon, Wisconsin, a suffragette and an advocate for women’s rights in the late 1800s. Catt served as president of the National Woman's Suffrage Association, and founder and president of the International Woman's Suffrage Alliance.

Wisconsin's Underground Railroad

Jesse Gant, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, UW-Madison, looks at the myths and legends surrounding the stories of the Underground Railroad in Wisconsin. Grant highlights the rescues of Joshua Glover and Caroline Quarlls and discusses racial attitudes in the years before the Civil War.

Door County Maritime Archaeology

Carolyn Rock, Natural Resource Educator, Wisconsin DNR, explores the multitudes of shipwrecks around the Door County peninsula. Rock explains that maritime archeology is the preservation of our cultural heritage providing a glimpse into the economics, culture, industry and daily life at the time of the shipwreck.

Crossing the Driftless

Lynne Diebel, Author, Crossing the Driftless, details her 359 mile canoe trip though the Driftless region of Wisconsin. Diebel and her husband, Bob, paddled on the Cannon, Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers, following the traditions of the French voyageurs and Native Americans.

Skunk Hill, A Native Ceremonial Community

Robert A. Birmingham, Author, "Skunk Hill: A Native Ceremonial Community in Wisconsin," shares the history of the Potawatomi village of Tah-qua-kik, or Skunk Hill, founded in 1905 in Wood County, Wisconsin. Birmingham highlights the role of the community in preserving Native culture.

Lessons of the Fox Wars

Eugene R.H. Tesdahl, Assistant Professor, History, UW-Platteville, discusses the attempts to exterminate the Meskwaki Nation in Wisconsin by French officials in the early eighteenth century. Tesdahl focuses on the attempted genocide, the significance of the Native peoples and the colonial history of Wisconsin during this time when the territory was contested ground.

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