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A Social History of Lake Mendota

Don Sanford, Author of “On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota,” explores the history of Madison’s Lake Mendota using historical maps, newspaper articles and photographs. Sanford shares stories of captains and ordinary people enjoying the lake.

Black Ghettos in New York and Chicago, 1880-1940

Miao David Chunyu, Assistant Professor in Sociology and Social Work at UW-Stevens Point, shares his research regarding the level of segregation in New York City and Chicago between the years 1880 and 1940. Chunyu’s research shows that features which led to the black ghettos were present before the Great Migration from the south to the northern cities.

Early Noncommercial Radio in Wisconsin

Randall Davidson, Director of Radio Services at UW-Oshkosh, explores the beginnings of noncommercial radio in Wisconsin in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Davidson discusses the development of Wisconsin Public Radio stations 9XM, now WHA Radio in Madison, WPAH, now WLBL in Auburndale, and commercial station WHBY, originally broadcasting out of West De Pere.

Adventures of an International Peace Broker

Joseph Elder, Professor in the Department of Sociology at UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to share stories of his work to promote peace between India and Pakistan in the 1960s.

Hmong Refugee Resettlement

Fred Prehn, DDS, former Wausau School Board member, discusses providing resources and education to Hmong refugees who migrated from South Asia to Wausau in the 1980s.

Don Voegeli and Wisconsin Public Broadcasting

James Voegeli, Son of Don Voegeli, and David Null, Director of UW Archives and Records Management, share the story of Don Voegeli, a prolific composer who wrote the theme song for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Don Voegeli, a UW professor, worked as Music Director at Wisconsin Public Radio for 41 years. David Null discusses the challenges of preserving the music for the future.

History of the Wisconsin State Herbarium

Kenneth Cameron, Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium at UW-Madison, discusses the importance of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, founded in 1849 by the Board of Regents. The facility contains 1.3 million pressed and dried lichen, plant, and fungi specimens; some from habitats which have disappeared over time.

The Battle for Prairie du Chien

Mary Elise Antoine, Author of “The War of 1812 in Wisconsin,” discusses the importance of the location of Prairie du Chien, settled at the confluence of the Mississippi and the Wisconsin Rivers, and the city’s role in the early 1800s fight for control of the Northern Mississippi River.

The Life and Times of Indian Agent John Kinzie

Peter Shrake, Author of “The Silver Man: The Life and Times of Indian Agent John Kinzie,” discusses John Kinzie’s life and his interactions with Native Americans in the mid-1800s. Shrake explores the history of the Midwest through Kinzie’s experiences.

The Black Hawk War in Wisconsin

John Hall, Associate Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, offers an historical perspective of the conflicts which lead to the Black Hawk War.


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