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Pinery Boys: Lumberjack Songs of the Upper Midwest

James P. Leary, UW-Madison Professor Emeritus and co-author of “Pinery Boys: Songs and Songcatching in the Lumberjack Era,” recounts the story of Franz Rickaby, a scholar who collected the tunes and lyrics of songs sung by lumberjacks in the lumber camps of the Upper Midwest. Leary shares recordings of the songs.

The Great War at Home in Wisconsin: Part II

Peter L. Belmonte, Independent Scholar and Author, presents "Calabrian-Americans During World War I;" Jana Weiss, Associate Professor of U.S. History at the University of Münster, discusses "World War I and the U.S. Brewing Industry;" and Brian Faltinson, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the Wisconsin Army National Guard, talks about "The 32nd 'Red Arrow' Division."

The Great War at Home in Wisconsin: Part III

Rebecca Berens Matzke, Associate Professor of History at Ripon College, presents "The Pamphlet War in the Great War;" Amy Fels, Graduate Student at UW-Milwaukee, discusses "Oshkosh on the Home Front;" and Jennifer Madeline Zoebelein, Graduate Teaching Assistant at Kansas State University, shares "The Poetry of Byron Comstock."

The Great War at Home in Wisconsin: Part I

Richard L. Pifer, Retired Director of Reference at the Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses "Patriotism in the Traitor State;" Kevin Abing, Archivist at the Milwaukee Historical Society, presents “Milwaukee Goes to War;” and Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses “Wisconsin’s Hyper-Patriots.”

The Great Sphinx: From the Eocene to the Anthropocene

Robert Schneiker, a Geologist/Geophysicist in Wisconsin, discusses geologic and geotechnical evidence in determining the age of the Great Sphinx in Egypt.

What Taliesin Looked Like: 1911-1912

Jack Holzhueter, Former Editor at the Wisconsin Historical Society, shares the history of Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home located near Spring Green. Holzhueter discusses how the Wisconsin Historical Society acquired the photograph albums that contain rare and historically significant images of the original Taliesin, built in 1911.

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.


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