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.
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.
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.
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.
Jerry Apps, Author, "Wisconsin Agriculture: A History," explores the interconnection of landscape, weather, settlement patterns, governmental regulations, policies, research and education depict the history of agriculture in Wisconsin.
Martha Laugen, City Manager, Madison BCycle, explains the history of bicycle sharing, discusses the bike share system in Madison and neighboring cities, and explores the future as bike sharing continues to expand within the urban transportation structure.
Bill Christofferson, Author, "The Man from Clear Lake," focuses on the life of Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was Governor of Wisconsin, a U.S. Senator and the founder of Earth Day. Christofferson highlights Nelson’s early life and delves into Nelson’s role as one of the leading environmentalists of the 20th century.
June Melby, Author, "My Family and Other Hazards," addresses the rise and fall in popularity of miniature golf from its beginnings in the 1920s during the Great Depression to the present. Melby shares stories of her summers working at her family’s miniature golf course.
F. Peter Wagner, Associate Professor, Political Science, UW-Whitewater, discusses the three waves of global democratization: from 1820s until the aftermath of World War I, after World War II, and from the 1970s until the early 1990s. Wagner delves into the fourth wave which includes the Arab Spring.