New Books and Author Appearances

Books

Authors of a number of books on various topics of Wisconsin history will be appearing around the state in the latter half of March to discuss their works; don’t miss ‘em (and even if you can’t attend the events, be sure to check out the books themselves)!

Click on each title below for more information about the book event:

 

Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham

Monday, March 18 from 6:20 – 8:00 pm

Waupaca Area Public Library, Waupaca

In this illustrated talk about Wisconsin’s first scientist, authors Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes explore the remarkable life and achievements of Increase Lapham (1811-1875). Lapham’s ability to observe, understand, and meticulously catalog the natural world marked all of his work, from his days as a teenage surveyor on the Erie Canal to his last great contribution as state geologist. Self-taught, Lapham mastered botany, geology, archeology, limnology, mineralogy, engineering, meteorology, and cartography. A prolific writer, his 1844 guide to the territory was the first book published in Wisconsin. Asked late in life which field of science was his specialty, he replied simply, “I am studying Wisconsin.”

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Damn the Old Tinderbox! Milwaukee’s Palace of the West and the Fire That Defined an Era

Tuesday, March 19 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee

Author Matthew J. Prigge tells the gripping tale of how in the dead of an unassuming January night in 1883, Milwaukee’s Newhall House hotel was set on fire. Two hours later, the building—once among the tallest in the nation—lay in ruins and over seventy people were dead.  From the great horror emerged an even greater string of mysteries: Who had set the fire and who was to blame for the staggering loss of life? The Newhall’s hard-luck barkeeper? A gentleman arsonist? What of the many other unexplained fires at the hotel? Had the Newhall’s management neglected fire safety to boost their profits?

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Madison in the Sixties

Thursday, March 21 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Barnes & Noble – West, Madison

Madison made history in the sixties. Landmark civil rights laws were passed. Pivotal campus protests were waged. A spring block party turned into a three-night riot. Factor in urban renewal troubles, a bitter battle over efforts to build Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace, and the expanding influence of the University of Wisconsin, and the decade assumes legendary status. Historian and journalist Stu Levitan chronicles the birth of modern Madison with style and well-researched substance.

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Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America

Friday, March 22 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm

The Village Booksmith, Baraboo

In this illustrated talk, author and longtime birder Michael Edmonds will explain how and why people in the nation’s heartland worshipped, feared, studied, hunted, ate, and protected the birds that surrounded them over the last 12,000 years. From ancient American Indian shamans to modern conservationists, our predecessors thought about and acted toward birds differently than we do. Edmonds will share stories from his 30 years of research among unpublished manuscripts, rare books, archaeological reports, and historic places that led to Taking Flight. Whether you’re a casual bird-watcher, a hard-core life-lister, or simply someone who loves the outdoors, you’ll encounter new ways of thinking about birds, people, and the extraordinary history that connects them.

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Settlin’: Stories of Madison’s Early African American Families

Saturday, March 23 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Goodman South Madison Library, Madison

Author Muriel Simms will share some of the stories she collected for the book from the descendants of 25 early African American families who settled–survived and thrived–in Madison, Wisconsin in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Seeing a pressing need to preserve these little-documented experiences, the lifelong Madison resident collected stories from the families who came to Madison more than 100 years ago and formed vibrant and cohesive communities of churches, businesses, and social clubs, and who frequently came together in the face of adversity and conflict.

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The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin: Voices of Early Settlers

Tuesday, March 26 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Oakwood Village University Woods – Auditorium/Arts Center, Madison

Between the mid 1830s and the 1850s, nearly three quarters of a million people moved to Wisconsin. Historian Michael Stevens tells the migration experience through the words of ordinary people. How did it feel to decide to move, adapt, and create a new society? Meet an excited young man who is delighted by the abundance of food in Wisconsin, or a teenage girl who missed her schoolmates, or immigrants who worried about their children forgetting their old language. It is easy to think of the first generation of settlers as stiff, cardboard figures as they appear in their portraits. By exploring their joys, sorrows, and humor, we come to understand their lives and even a little more about our own.

 

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Help Create a New Statewide History Museum on March 13 in Waukesha!

Share Your Voice

Share your voice!

Statewide Public Forum Series to Create a New Wisconsin History Museum

Be the first to see design concepts for a new Wisconsin history museum!

Wednesday, March 13

Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum

101 West Main Street

Waukesha, WI 53186

You are invited to share your thoughts and ideas with the Wisconsin Historical Society as we seek to create a modern, state-of-the-art history museum that connects and tells the story of all Wisconsinites.

Your participation will inspire conversations, create connections across the state, and provide invaluable feedback on design concepts for a new Wisconsin history museum. Now is the time to share your voice and be a part of this rare opportunity to celebrate and honor Wisconsin.

Agenda:

5:30 pm – Doors open (light refreshments provided)

6:00 pm – Welcome and introduction to the new museum project

6:30 pm – Share your feedback on a new statewide history museum

This public forum is free and open to everyone; advanced registration is preferred. Click here to let us know you will be there!

This event is co-hosted by the Waukesha County Historical Society and Old World Wisconsin.

This event will also be traveling to other communities around the state in the following weeks and months. Click here for a list of upcoming locations!

 

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February 1 & 2: WADA’s 45th Winter Show

WADA Winter 2019

Mark your calendars for the

Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association
Antiques Show & Sale
February 1 & 2, 2019
Friday 10:00 – 8:00, Saturday 10:00 – 5:00
at the Waukesha County Expo Center

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Featuring:

-Over 55 quality antiques dealers

-Special exhibit Made in Wisconsin

-Friday night fish fry dinner

-Free parking

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Admission: $7 (good both days)

Click here for a $1-off admission coupon!

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Directions: I-94 to Hwy J (exit 294) South 1 mile. West to Show.

GPS: 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188

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Proceeds from the show benefit Wisconsin grants and scholarship programs.

For more information, call 414-510-4441 or visit www.wisconsinantiquesdealers.com.

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December 7th-9th: Historic Christmas Celebrations

Victorian Christmas Sharon

Get into the holiday spirit the weekend of Friday, December 7th through Sunday, December 9th with three different historical Christmas celebrations throughout the state of Wisconsin!

First there’s the Victorian Christmas in Historic Downtown Sharon on Friday, December 7th from 5:00 -9:00 pm, featuring roast chestnuts, dog sled demonstrations, and a parade of horse-drawn carriages…

…and then on Saturday, December 8th through Sunday, December 9th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at both locations, you can merrily attend An Old World Christmas at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle or the Wade House Christmas at Wade House in Greenbush, both of which will feature tasty treats, live music, horse-drawn rides, and more!

Click on the titles below for more information about these holiday happenings:

 

Victorian Christmas

Visitors and townspeople are invited to dress in period costume and stroll Sharon’s quaint main street, while enjoying the lighted carriage parade, sled dogs, friendly vendors, fragrant smells, live music, and nostalgia of the evening. Please dress warm and bring your family and friends to enjoy a lovely holiday evening!

Friday, December 7

5:00 – 9:00 pm

Historic Downtown Sharon

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An Old World Christmas

Stroll through the 1880s Crossroads Village decked in holiday greenery, full of homes and shops bustling with holiday preparations!

Saturday, December 8 – Sunday, December 9

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

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Wade House Christmas

Experience the sights and sounds of an 1860′s Wisconsin Christmas!

Saturday, December 8 – Sunday, December 9

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wade House, Greenbush

 

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Authors, Authors Everywhere!

From Saturday, November 10 through Thursday, November 15, authors are making appearances all over the state to discuss their latest books on a variety of historical topics! Click on the titles below for more information about these events, the authors, and their works:

 

The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin

Author Michael E. Stevens offers a unique and intimate glimpse into the lives of Wisconsin’s early settlers.

Saturday, November 10

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Livsreise, Stoughton

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Indian Mounds of Wisconsin

Learn about the history of Native American mound building in Wisconsin with author Robert Birmingham.

Monday, November 12

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Manitowoc Public Library, Manitowoc

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How to Make a Life: A Tibetan Refugee Family and the Midwestern Woman They Adopted

Author Madeline Uraneck discusses her life with a refugee family.

Monday, November 12

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Hudson Area Public Library, Hudson

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The Great War Comes to Wisconsin

Examine Wisconsin’s response to World War I one hundred years ago with author Richard Pifer.

Monday, November 12

7:00 – 8:00 pm

New Berlin Public Library, New Berlin

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Simple Things: Lessons from the Family Farm

Join Jerry Apps in Wild Rose for the Central Wisconsin launch of his latest book.

Tuesday, November 13

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose

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Poles in Wisconsin

Join author Susan Gibson Mikos as she traces the history of Polish immigrants as they settled in America’s northern heartland.

Tuesday, November 13

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Kilbourn Public Library, Wisconsin Dells

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Badger Boneyards: The Eternal Rest of the Dead

Join author Dennis McCann as he highlights the melancholy, the humorous, the tragic, and the universal in Wisconsin’s cities of the dead.

Wednesday, November 14

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Menomonee Falls Public Library, Menomonee Falls

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Madison in the Sixties

Join Stu Levitan as he discusses 1968, a pivotal and tumultuous year that changed Madison–and the nation–forever.

Wednesday, November 14

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Middleton Public Library, Middleton

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Wisconsin in Watercolor: The Life and Legend of Folk Artist Paul Seifert

Author Joe Kapler examines the life of this enigmatic artist and provides context for his extraordinary art.

Thursday, November 15

6:00 pm

Pendarvis, Mineral Point

 

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October 5 & 6: WADA’s 67th Fall Show

WADA Fall 2018

Mark your calendars for the

Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association
Antiques Show & Sale
October 5 & 6, 2018
Friday 10:00 – 8:00, Saturday 10:00 – 5:00
at the Waukesha County Expo Center

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Featuring:

-Over 55 quality antiques dealers

-Special exhibit Antique Candy Containers

-Friday night fish fry dinner

-Free parking

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Admission: $7 (good both days)

Click here for a $1-off admission coupon!

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Directions: I-94 to Hwy J (exit 294) South 1 mile. West to Show.

GPS: 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188

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Proceeds from the show benefit Wisconsin grants and scholarship programs.

For more information, call 414-510-4441 or visit www.wisconsinantiquesdealers.com.

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Seven Events, One Day: Saturday, August 11th

You might not be able to be in two places at once, but we hope you’ll be able to attend at least one of these great events, all of which are happening on Saturday, August 11, 2018 around the state! From demonstrations to author appearances to sightseeing, history is happening all around you. Click on the titles of the events listed below for more information:

 

Historic Beer Brewing

Old World Wisconsin and the Museum of Beer and Brewing are partnering and bringing to life 19th-century brews.  See the brewers use equipment and techniques from the late 1800s and learn about heirloom hops and barley.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

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1860s Jams and Jellies

Lend a hand to help create flavorful jams and jellies as they were made more than 150 years ago.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

(also Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm!)

Wade House, Greenbush

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Ojibwe Artist Residency with Rita Vanderventer (Red Cliff)

This will be a rare opportunity for the public to interact with Rita Vanderventer during her two day residency at the Museum as she demonstrates traditional art forms. Rita is an acclaimed regional mural artist, beadworker, and basketmaker.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

(also Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm!)

Madeline Island Museum, La Pointe

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Old Farm Country Cookbook

Return with author Susan Apps-Bodilly to an era when all food was local and farming was a family-run affair.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Amery Public Library, Amery

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How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century

Join Oneida author Louis V. Clark III as he shares his collection of poems that reveal a profound life story of loss, identity, race, and culture.

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha

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Hidden History of the Capitol Square

Discover stories of the men and women who established our iconic square as a center of politics, commerce, and social life on this walking tour.

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison

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Beer Baron’s Beer Cruise

Enjoy an early evening cruising Geneva Lake while learning about the history of the beer barons that vacationed and lived along its shores. No presentation about beer would be complete without a tasting, so join us in raising a pint together!

5:30 – 8:30 pm

Black Point Estate & Gardens, Lake Geneva

 

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Party Like It’s 1959 at Circus World Museum

Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI is celebrating its biggest year yet with extraordinary performers and world-class animal acts all wrapped into a 1950’s-inspired theme called “Doo-Wop Big Top,” celebrating the decade that the site was founded and opened…

…and on Thursday, June 28 through Sunday, June 1, you can celebrate Circus World’s 60th Anniversary with a remarkable $5.00 admission rate for everyone for these four days only!

Circus World Museum Anniversary Days

Circus World opened on July 1, 1959 on less than an acre of property with 2 buildings and 6 circus wagons; admission was 60 cents. Given the rate of inflation, 60 cents works out to about $5 today. Even though Circus World’s value has increased with the addition of over 200 wagons and vehicles, several new and historic buildings, and more than 60 acres, admission for these four days will be the same as in 1959!

But on whatever days you choose to experience what Circus World has to offer, remember that “Doo-Wop Big Top” is available all summer long! Circus World Museum’s summer performance season runs through September 2, and the fall season continues to October 31.

For more information on Circus World Museum, visit www.circusworldbaraboo.org.

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We’re Meeting in Madison: Join Us at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 26th

Annual Meeting 2018 Itinerary and Form

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The Fifth Biennial “30th Star” Benefit Antiques Auction

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:00 am

Doors open at 9:00 am

Held inside Old Wisconsin’s Clausing Barn

W372 S9727 Hwy. 67, Eagle, WI 53119

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Antique (more than 99 years old) and vintage (50 – 99 years old) items have been gathered from all across mid-America, all of them donated specifically for the auction. With over 300 lots from items large to small, cupboards to candlesticks, clocks to kitchenware, the no-reserve auction is a worthwhile destination for any antiques enthusiast!

For photos of almost 200 of the over 300 auction offerings, please click here!

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Lots sold with no reserve. No online or phone bidding. Cash, credit cards, and checks with proper ID will be accepted. A 3% convenience fee will be added to all credit card sales. A 10% buyer’s premium will additionally benefit the Wisconsin Historical Society Foundation. All items must be removed by end of auction.

There is no charge for admittance to the auction. Free parking and good food available on premises!

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Thanks to Carol Miller of Bailey’s Honor Auction Service for volunteering to call the auction.

Thanks also to the Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association, our founding and continuing sponsor.

The auction is produced by the Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Wisconsin historical preservation and education projects.

For questions about the “30th Star” Benefit Antiques Auction, please contact Riene Wells at 262-363-4700, info@eagle-house.com or Debbie McArdle at 815-575-1272, jjmcard@comcast.net.

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