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The Wisconsin Idea: How Do We Define the Concept?

Gwen Drury, M.S. ’14, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW-Madison, explores the early history of the Wisconsin Idea and identifies the forces which brought about the concept. Drury discusses how the Wisconsin Idea was distinct from current thought in academia, how it was the same and how it has changed over time.

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.

Plants on the Frontier

Kate Redmond, Environmental Educator, explores how Native Americans, American settlers and Europeans determined which plants were safe to eat and which plants had healing properties.

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.

Science and the Founders of Jewish Studies

Amos Bitzan, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, discusses early 19th century history that led Jewish scholars to look to Wissenschaft, or the sciences, for answers to religious and cultural issues.

Historic Aerial Photography in Wisconsin

Jaime Martindale, Map & GIS Data Librarian, and A.J. Wortley, Senior Outreach Specialist, in the Department of Geography at UW-Madison, discuss the Wisconsin Historic Aerial Imagery Finder project, an online application which houses some of the oldest aerial imagery in Wisconsin. Photos from 1937 through 1941 have been digitally restored and are available for viewing and downloading on the 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.

The Discovery of Niacin at UW-Madison

Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, discusses the identification of a new vitamin found in fresh meat and yeast by Conrad Arnold Elvehjem at UW-Madison in 1937. Elvehjem’s experiments proved that nicotinic acid, also known as niacin or vitamin B3, was a cure for pellagra.

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