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.
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.
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.
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.
Joe Kapler, Curator at the Wisconsin Historical Society, provides a history of the Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree produced by the Aluminum Specialty Company of Wisconsin. The Aluminum Specialty Company became the largest manufacturer of these trees, popular in the 1960s. Kapler discusses their recent resurgence in popularity.
Ann Waidelich, Madison Historian, explains how ice was harvested out of Madison’s lakes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Waidelich identifies the sites where the harvesting took place and discusses how the ice was stored for later use.
Leslie Eisenberg, Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, Ryan Wubben, Medical Director of UW Hospital Med Flight, Charles Konsitzke, Associate Director of the Biotechnology Center at UW-Madison, and Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Outreach Specialist at UW-Extension, discuss their roles in finding the remains of Lt. Frank Fazekas, who was shot down in France in World War II.
Susan Caya-Slusser, Director at Villa Louis, provides an overview of life in an upscale Victorian home during the nineteenth century. Caya-Slusser shares stories of the Dousman family, the original owners of Villa Louis, and explores the menus, recipes, etiquette and technology of the time.
David Reynolds, Professor of International History at the University of Cambridge, explores the relationship between Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin during World War II. Reynolds focuses on the correspondence among the three world leaders.
Larry Reed, Chair of Historic Cooksville Trust, Inc., joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of Cooksville, Wisconsin, a village whose buildings and layout imitates the look of towns in New England.