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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.

Milwaukee's First Mexican Community

Sergio González, Doctoral Student in the Department of History at UW-Madison, explores the history of the Mexican community in Milwaukee during the early twentieth century. González discusses how the discrimination the immigrants faced in their workplaces and neighborhoods fostered a sense of community and ethnic pride.

Repackaging Shakespeare's Sonnets

Joshua Calhoun, Professor in the Department of English at UW-Madison, discusses how Shakespeare’s sonnets have been organized, printed and grouped over the centuries. Calhoun explores love and heartbreak in the poems.

Wisconsin's Pre-Professional Base Ball Teams

Ryan Schwartz, Event Coordinator at Old World Wisconsin, explores the history of base ball games beginning in the early 1800s. Schwartz delves into a controversy focused on whether the game of Rounders was an early form of baseball or whether Abner Doubleday created the sport.

Archaeology, Crime Fiction, and Science

Mary Anna Evans, Assistant Professor in the Department of Professional Writing at the University of Oklahoma, discusses the importance of focusing on facts to write an entertaining story. Evans uses archaeology, scientific methods and her life experiences to create historically accurate fiction.

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