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Stories from the Capitol: Building the Monument

Michael Edmonds, Director of Programs and Outreach at the Wisconsin Historical Society, provides a history of the three Wisconsin State Capitols. Edmonds tells the story of the fire that burned down the second Capitol building and discusses the construction of the current Capitol.

George B. Post: Architect of the Wisconsin Capitol

Charles Quagliana, Former Capitol Preservation Architect for the State of Wisconsin, discusses the career of George B. Post, designer and architect of the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Quagliana focuses on Post’s contribution to the architecture of the time, his selection as the architect for the Capitol and Post’s incorporation of art into the design.

Winston Churchill's American Mother

Randolph Churchill, Great-grandson, and Jennie Churchill, Great-granddaughter of Winston Churchill provide a glimpse into the lives of their great-great grandmother, Lady Randolph Churchill, and her son Winston Churchill. Randolph and Jennie Churchill discuss the courtship of their great-great grandparents and share highlights of their great-grandfather Winston’s achievements.

Rebuilding U.S. - Cuba Relations

Jennifer Collins, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Anju Reejhsinghani, Associate Professor of History and International Studies at UW-Stevens Point provide a history of the relationship between the United States and Cuba. Collins and Reejhsinghani share stories from their 2016 UW-Stevens Point study abroad program to Cuba.

Heroin and Other Opioids: A Wisconsin Epidemic?

Lori Edwards, Senior Chemist at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, discusses the history of opium use in society and in Wisconsin. Edwards looks at narcotic impairment indicators and presents case studies of individuals using opioids.

Frenchtown Chronicles of Prairie du Chien

Mary Elise Antoine, Coauthor of “Frenchtown Chronicles of Prairie du Chien,” shares the stories, history, and folklore of Prairie du Chien that were compiled by Albert Coryer in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Coryer was the grandson of a fur trade voyageur turned farmer who collected stories from his family, community members, Native Americans and the descendants of other fur traders.

The Wisconsin Home Front During World War I

Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the WI Historical Society, discusses Wisconsin’s response to the United States entry into World War I. Wisconsin’s loyalty to the U.S. was questioned and the state became known as the “Traitor State” due to the anti-war sentiments of U.S. Senator Robert La Follette, the large German-American population and the active Socialist party.

African American History in the Badger State

Michael Edmonds, Director of Programs and Outreach at the Wisconsin Historical Society, explores the history of African Americans in Wisconsin beginning with the fur trade era of the 1720s. Edmonds shares stories of African Americans who were brought to the state as slaves and others who came as freemen.

Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South

Mark Speltz, Author and Historian, explores civil unrest in northern states during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Speltz shares photographs of police brutality, and the activists who fought against segregation and job discrimination in northern cities such as Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland and others.

The Wreck of the Steamer "Lakeland"

Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, explains the events surrounding the sinking of the steamer “Lakeland” in Lake Michigan on December 3, 1924. The ship sank in 200 feet of water under mysterious and suspicious circumstances with a cargo of automobiles on board. Thomsen shares photos and videos of the wreck as it appears to divers today.

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