Wisconsin History

2:49 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Early Settlers' Historical Gardens Grow Again

The Pedersen farm kitchen garden, in the Danish section of Old World Wisconsin, is one of the historical gardens featured in Marcia Carmichael's book.
Credit Gerald H. Emmerich Jr., "Putting Down Roots"

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Old World Wisconsin's historical gardener Marcia Carmichael about her new book.

Wisconsin's early settlers didn't plant gardens for decoration - they were their primary food sources.

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Arts & Culture
7:37 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Letter of a Wisconsin Civil War Soldier Inspires Song

The envelope from a letter written by a Civil War soldier
Credit The Civil War Letters of Mack and Nan Ewing Collection

Madison band Count This Penny plays a song inspired by the words of a Wisconsin soldier fighting in the American Civil War.

As we remember the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, we've been hearing about the experiences of Wisconsin soldiers fighting in the American Civil War.

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Arts & Culture
7:18 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Wisconsinites Make Last Stand at Gettysburg

Barlow's Knoll after the first day of battle at Gettysburg
Credit Wiki Media Commons

Lake Effect's Civil War historian Thomas Martin Sobottke tells the story of Wisconsin soldiers fighting in the Battle of Gettysburg.

One hundred fifty years ago, over the first 3 days of July, one of the fiercest and most important battles of the American Civil War was fought.

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Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Gettysburg's Consequence and Cost Remembered 150 Years Later

A print of the painting "Hancock at Gettysburg" by Thure de Thulstrup shows Pickett's Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Credit Library of Congress

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews historian and author Thomas Martin Sobottke about the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg.

One-hundred fifty years ago today, one of the fiercest and most important battles of the American Civil War began.

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Arts & Culture
11:38 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Supper Clubs are More Than Just Food: They're About the Stories

Smoky's Club in Madison
Eleanor Petrson WUWM-Lake Effect

Lake Effect's Eleanor Peterson interviews author Dave Hoekstra.

It’s a Friday night – or it will be in a few hours - and you’re looking for a place to eat. Some place that you want to escape to, to have a nice, filling meal, a refreshing drink or two, and conversation. Fast food or a lively chain restaurant just doesn’t sound like it will hit the spot.

The Wisconsin solution might be a supper club.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu April 5, 2012

A Visit to Man Mound Park

Wisconsin's Man Mound is singular among effigy mounds.
Credit Sauk County Historical Society

Our It’s a Material World feature spotlights a singular effigy mound in Wisconsin.

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