James Longhurst, Associate Professor, History, UW-La Crosse, explores the 1890s idea of a sidepath network of hard-surface bike paths, protected by law, crossing the nation. Networks were built from upstate New York to central Minnesota.
Monica Macaulay and Rand Valentine, Professors, Department of Linguistics, UW-Madison, explore the history of Wisconsin Native American languages, discuss the decline in use of the languages and describe the revitalization projects working to bring back the Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Hocak, and Oneida languages.
Thomas Broman, Professor, History of Science Department, UW-Madison, and Sergio González, Graduate Student, Department of History, UW-Madison, introduce a collaborative public history project which shares a community’s interesting or important objects through an interactive website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.