Have a Webinar Wednesday on November 18

If you have some free time on Wednesday, November 18, then why not attend these free webinars? Links to register are below the descriptions.


Underwater Archaeology: Wreck of the Schooner Abiah

12:00 – 1:00 pm


On the morning of 4 September 1854, the 134-foot schooner Abiah was sailing north on Lake Michigan without a cargo and bound to Oconto to take on a load of lumber when she was struck by a squall from the southeast and immediately capsized. To survive, the seven-man crew and two passengers were forced into their small workboat. They were eventually picked up by the schooner Luddington and taken to Sheboygan. The tug Eclipse was hired to right and recover the capsized vessel. In doing this work, the Abiah’s hull was damaged to such an extent that the ship was abandoned and allowed to sink. The Abiah shipwreck site was discovered in 2018 by Steve Radovan, 12 miles off Sheboygan in 210 feet of water. An archaeological survey of the wreck has been completed during of the summer of 2020. In this rare opportunity to evaluate a pristine shipwreck, untouched since the time of its sinking, learn what the Society’s archaeological team discovered.

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Dennis Dresang Discusses Patrick J. Lucey: A Lasting Legacy

1:00 – 2:00 pm


PLATO ((Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) welcomes Dennis Dresang to discuss his new biography of Wisconsin Governor Patrick J. Lucey, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. As Wisconsin governor from 1971 to 1977, Patrick J. Lucey pursued an ambitious progressive agenda, tempered by the concerns of a fiscal conservative and a pragmatic realist. He was known for bridging partisan divides, building coalitions, and keeping politics civil. His legacy, which includes merging Wisconsin’s universities into one system and equalizing the funding formula for public schools, continues to impact Wisconsin residents and communities. Through exclusive interviews and unprecedented access to archival materials, Dennis L. Dresang shares the story of this pivotal figure in Wisconsin history, from his small-town rural roots to his wide-ranging influence.

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Jeff Kannel Discusses Make Way for Liberty: Wisconsin African Americans in the Civil War

6:30 – 7:30 pm


The Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum welcome author Jeff Kannel to discuss his new book, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Hundreds of African American soldiers and regimental employees represented Wisconsin in the Civil War, and many of them lived in the state either before or after the conflict. Their lives before and after the war in rural communities, small towns, and cities form an enlightening story of acceptance and respect for their service but rejection and discrimination based on their race. Make Way for Liberty will bring clarity to the questions of how many African Americans represented Wisconsin during the conflict, who among them lived in the state before and after the war, and their impact on their communities.

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