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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.

The Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree

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.

Harvesting Ice on Madison's Lakes

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.

Finding Lieutenant Fazekas

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.

Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen

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.

Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin in WWII

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.

The Village of Cooksville: 1842-2017

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.

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.

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