History Sandwiched In

J.R.R. Tolkien in Wisconsin

William Fliss, Archivist for the Special Collections and University Archives at Marquette University, explains how Marquette University became the owner of the original papers and manuscripts written by J.R.R. Tolkien. The collection includes “The Hobbit,” The Lord of the Rings,” and “Farmer Giles of Ham” and other works by Tolkien.

Workers, Leisure and Social Control in the Paper Valley

Jillian Jacklin, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History at UW-Madison, focuses on conflicts between industrialists and their workforces over leisure time activities in the Fox River Valley during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Jacklin discusses the connection between the effort to eradicate immoral behavior and the rise of the Progressive Party in Wisconsin.

Mexican Migrant Workers in Mid-Century Wisconsin

Sergio González, Doctoral Student in the Department of History at UW-Madison, shares stories of Mexican citizens and Texas-born Mexican Americans who were recruited to work in Wisconsin’s agricultural, industrial and transportation industries in the mid twentieth century.

The Wesley W. Jung Carriage Collection

Jim Willaert, Curator at the Wisconsin Historical Society, shares the history of the Wesley S. Jung family and their carriage building business. As the carriage age ended, Jung collected and restored hundreds of carriages. Willaert shares stories of some of the finest pieces which are on display at the Wade House Historic Site.

Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail

Melanie Radzicki McManus, Author, “Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail,” recounts her journey as a thru-hiker on the Ice Age Trail. McManus, who completed the 1,100 mile hike around Wisconsin in thirty six days, shares the history of the trail.

A History of Courtship and Weddings, 1830-1990

Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, explores trends in courtship and wedding traditions from 1830-1990. Bellais explains that the rituals of courtship and marriage provide a sense of importance to the events and provides links to the past and the future.

Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom

Susan Tupper, Author of “Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom,” shares stories of the Hamerstroms, a husband and wife team who have been credited with saving the prairie chicken from extinction.

John Bascom and the Wisconsin Idea

David Hoeveler, Professor in the Department of History at UW-Milwaukee, highlights the career of 1873-1887 University of Wisconsin President John Bascom. Bascom’s philosophy influenced students Robert La Follette and Charles Van Hise and laid the groundwork for the progressive movement and the Wisconsin Idea.

A History of Badger Baseball

Steven D. Schmitt, Author of “A History of Badger Baseball,” presents an in-depth history of baseball at the University of Wisconsin. Schmitt shares stories of the players and teams through the years.

Stories from the Capitol: People and Politics

Michael Edmonds, Director of Programs and Outreach at the Wisconsin Historical Society, shares stories about the people who passed through the Wisconsin State Capitol since its opening in 1917. Edmonds highlights the careers of governors, discusses policies that were passed, and focuses on the people who worked in the building.

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