Arts & Culture

Civil War
9:02 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - The Carnage of Shiloh

Click to Enlarge Photo"The Battle of Shiloh," by Thure de Thulstrup, circa 1888
Credit Courtesy of Library of Congress

We’ve been learning about the contribution Wisconsinites made, 150 years ago, to the Union cause in the American Civil War. It was a significant contribution - and sacrifice, despite Wisconsin’s relatively recent entry into the union and its distance from the battlefield.

Read more
Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Saving Face: The Legacy - and Mystery - of Face Jugs Endures

Face Jug, Miles Mill Pottery, Edgefield, SC, 1862-70. Chipstone Foundation.
Credit Gavin Ashworth

As a student of Material Culture, contributor Gianofer Fields spends a lot of her time studying objects. However, in this installment of "It’s a Material World," it seems the object has its own agenda, albeit a somewhat ambiguous one.

Read more
Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Master Goldsmith Finds Master Solution to One Tool Challenge

Wisconsin goldsmith Missy Howard says she has an emotional attachment to her tools.
Credit Gianofer Fields

A couple of weeks ago, our Material Culture contributor Gianofer Fields asked us a unique question: What single tool would you use to help you get through a normal day? Chances are, for most of us, we couldn’t imagine being limited to just one item.

Read more
Arts & Culture
5:21 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Living History League Honors Women's Professional Baseball

The living history players sing the original league's "Victory Song" at the start of the game.

As we head into the dog days of summer, Major League Baseball heads into the heart of its season. Millions of fans around the country will travel to ballparks to cheer on their favorite teams, and in the midst of all the peanuts and crackerjacks, it’s easy to forget that there was a time when the MLB was in dire straights – and several franchises were in danger of shutting down.

Read more
Civil War
9:09 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 3

Major John Gibbon first commanded the Iron Brigade - and bought the volunteer soldiers their iconic black hats.

If you drive directly west from Milwaukee for about three and a half hours, you'll come to the city of Prairie du Chien, one of Wisconsin's oldest cities. Given its age and history, it's no surprise then that Prairie du Chien has some interesting connections to the American Civil War. This Saturday, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society will open a new permanent exhibit at the Fort Crawford Museum about the Swift U.S. Army General Hospital. It was one of only three hospitals in Wisconsin to care for wounded Civil War soldiers.

Read more
World Cafe
4:43 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Latin Roots: Bossa Nova, Brazil's Answer To Jazz

Bebel Gilberto performs at City Winery in New York City.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 4:56 pm

This installment of the Latin Roots series for World Cafe explores bossa nova music, guided by Latin-music expert Ernesto Lechner. Lechner grew up in Buenos Aires, where his parents' record collection consisted of classical records and a solitary bossa nova LP. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he was immersed in Latin music and subsequently became a music journalist, publishing several books on the subject. Lechner co-hosts the radio show Latin Alternative and works as a contributing writer for Rolling Stone, L.A.

Read more
Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Pliers Plus Wire Equals...Bonsai?

A copper bonsai tree, a la Wisconsin artist Kevin Iris
Credit Gianofer Fields

During the course of a day, most of us use more than one tool to get what we need to get done…done. But what if you had to finish a normal day's work - with just one tool?

Read more
Arts & Culture
3:15 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

2012 Piano Arts Competition

Pavlina Dokovska
Credit Piano Arts

For the past week, young pianists have gathered in Milwaukee to vie for the title in the 2012 Piano Arts Competition. Since 1999, the biennial competition has launched the careers of numerous national and international performers. And it is one of the few competitions of its kind in the country.

Read more
Civil War
9:15 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 2

The 8th Wisconsin was known for its unofficial mascot, Old Abe, a domesticated bald eagle who terrorized Confederates in battle.
Credit Courtesy of Library of Congress

Last month, we began the series Iron Brigade and Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War. In honor of the sesquicentennial of the war between the states, we’re commemorating the role and sacrifice of the 91-thousand Wisconsin men and women who fought in some of the biggest battles of the war; yet received marginal attention.

Read more
Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Potter Preserves Legacy of Face Jugs - Whatever It May Be

Historic face jugs were a slave-era craft, and typically featured large eyes, noses and wide mouths. Sculptor Michael Bayne recreates one here.
Credit Michel Bayne

History is full of stories in which people are repressed – kept from expressing themselves freely.

Read more

Pages