Wisconsin Magazine of History2 min letti
Letter From The Editor
Several afternoons this week, as we experienced a welcome spate of warm days and blue skies, I rambled with my daughter in the UW–Madison Arboretum, less than a mile from my home. As we fashioned secret forts in our favorite spot among the draping fi
Wisconsin Magazine of History21 min letti
THE ICE BOAT & MR. WIARD
THE YEAR WAS 1856, AND A TRANSPORTATION REVOLUTION WAS coming to the upper Midwest: not the rapid expansion of railroads branching west, nor the passenger steamer that, since mid-century, had ferried travelers across the Great Lakes. Neither solved t
Wisconsin Magazine of History22 min letti
Reading the Landscape
Aldo Leopold was a forester, a professor of wildlife management, and an advocate for wilderness preservation who achieved national standing in each endeavor. Generations of readers have admired the lyrical quality of Leopold’s writing. The author of
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Director, Wisconsin Historical Society Press Kate Thompson Editor Sara E. Phillips Image Researcher John H. Nondorf Research and Editorial Assistants Rachel Cordasco, Gary Smith, and Elizabeth Wyckoff Design Jinger Schroeder President: Gregory B. Hub
Wisconsin Magazine of History21 min lettiGender Studies
Glad To Be Gay
The period between the rebellion at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 and the recognition of the AIDS pandemic in 1981 marks the beginning of a more visible and organized LGBTQ presence at the local level than any other time in US history. During this period
Wisconsin Magazine of History2 min lettiLGBTQIA+ Studies
The Legacy Of Glad To Be Gay
After being aired, the original Glad to Be Gay tapes were donated to the School of Social Work Library at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, which agreed to keep them as an archive of the Madison gay liberation movement.1 In November 2006, however,
Wisconsin Magazine of History9 min letti
BOOK EXCERPT Tending the Valley
At first, just knowing the valley was enough. As my relationship with Laird grew, we visited more often, learning and naming the varied flora, delighting in finding caves and grottoes. Laird’s cousin David and his wife Shelley were also enthralled wi
Wisconsin Magazine of History2 min letti
Letters
WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE Matt Blessing as the recipient of the fifty-fourth annual William Best Hesseltine Award for volume 103 of the Wisconsin Magazine of History. His article, “‘Alaska, Ho!’: Arville Schaleben and the Matanuska Valley Colony,” a
Wisconsin Magazine of History1 min letti
Curio
YOU CAN TRAVEL WISCONSIN from tip to tail and never set foot in Wisconsinapolis. Despite the fact that it only exists on paper, the city shown on this map was once one vote shy of being named the state capital. The land situated on the northwest shor
Wisconsin Magazine of History2 min letti
Thank You!
Anonymous (2) Ruth and Hartley Barker Advised Fund through Incourage Community Foundation Angela and Jeff Bartell Beach Family Foundation Black Point Historic Preservation Operation and Maintenance Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Phil and Ki
Wisconsin Magazine of History1 min letti
Curio
FROM TIK-TOK, THE MECHANICAL MAN IN L. FRANK BAUM’S WIZARD OF OZ books, to BB-8, the rolling droid in the recent Star Wars films, robots have long been a part of our popular culture. In the 1930s, the International Harvester Company introduced a robo
Wisconsin Magazine of History2 min letti
Letter From The Editor
This summer, while sailing in the Apostle Islands, I visited the lighthouse on Sand Island where light keeper and shutterbug Emmanuel Luick spent some twenty-odd years documenting island life—a story we covered in the magazine last winter. Aside from
Wisconsin Magazine of History2 min letti
Wisconsin Magazine of History
Director, Wisconsin Historical Society Press Kate Thompson Editor Sara E. Phillips Image Researcher John H. Nondorf Research and Editorial Assistants Rachel Cordasco, Gary Smith, and Elizabeth Wyckoff Design Jinger Schroeder President: Gregory B. Hub
Wisconsin Magazine of History17 min lettiAmerican Government
The Truth Behind “tail Gunner” Joe Mccarthy
It was the perfect nom de guerre for this pugilistic Marine, Joseph Raymond McCarthy, as he launched his first run for statewide office in 1944—casting himself as a World War II warrior fending off Japanese Zeroes as his crew navigated the perilous s
Wisconsin Magazine of History12 min letti
BROKEN STARS & SILK DREAMS
We have had deep snow. No teams passed for over three weeks, but as soon as the drifts could be broken through Mary Scott sent her boy Frank around to say she was going to have a quilting. Everybody turned out. Letter dated February 7, 1841, Ohio1 Qu
Wisconsin Magazine of History20 min letti
All Roads Lead To Pendarvis house
FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS FALL, IN A LITTLE STONE COTTAGE BUILT BY CORNISH immigrants in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, the final meal was served at the famous Pendarvis House restaurant. Owned and operated by business and life partners Bob Neal and Edgar Hell
Wisconsin Magazine of History8 min letti
EPIDEMIC Hope
IN THE WINTER OF 1947, I WAS TWELVE YEARS OLD AND an eighth-grader attending a one-room country school west of the village of Wild Rose, Wisconsin. When school let out on one cold January afternoon, I felt extremely tired as I walked the mile home to
Wisconsin Magazine of History5 min letti
Book Excerpt
On November 27, 1923, the last surviving Wisconsin veteran of Company F, Twenty-Ninth Regiment, United States Colored Infantry (USCI), was laid to rest in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo. Aaron Roberts’s adult life began early when he lied about his
Wisconsin Magazine of History3 min letti
Letters
I enjoyed reading Matthew Noojin’s article about Zona Gale in the summer issue. Though I was born in Madison, I grew up in Grinnell, Iowa, as Hannah Gale before returning to live in Madison as an adult. My grandmother, Floy Van Dusen, lived in Portag
Wisconsin Magazine of History2 min lettiMedical
Letter From The Editor
IN THESE STRANGE WEEKS of preparing this issue amidst a global pandemic, I’ve been pondering this: when does the past become most relevant to the present? Change, whether expected or not, begs comparison; it can elicit a deep desire to understand the
Wisconsin Magazine of History19 min letti
“Angels In The Commonplace”
“IS THERE A SCHOOL OF WISCONSIN WRITERS?” WROTE Zona Gale. It was 1895, the state’s entry into the Union was not yet half a century old, and Gale was a distinguished but unknown student of English literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Th
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Wisconsin Magazine of History27 min lettiAmerican Government
Daniel Webster Hoan
THE MARCH 2019 ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE ​Democratic National Committee that it planned to hold the party’s 2020 national convention in Milwaukee drew a distinct line of criticism from leading Wisconsin Republicans. “No city in America has stronger ties to
Wisconsin Magazine of History6 min letti
Sid Boyum
FISHING FEVER IS A YEAR-ROUND phenomenon on Wisconsin waters. For serious and amateur anglers alike, the rod-and-reel magic of casting lines into lakes and rivers or dropping lures into ice holes is not simply about the challenge of hooking walleye,
Wisconsin Magazine of History8 min letti
Hmong in Wisconsin
The following excerpt comes from Hmong in Wisconsin, released this spring by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press as the latest addition to the People of Wisconsin series. Here, author Mai Zong Vue shares the story of Sia Vang, one of the first Hmo
Wisconsin Magazine of History1 min letti
Curio
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, the roaring twenties ushered in the last great decade of vaudeville entertainment. Beginning in the 1860s, vaudeville took shape from minstrel shows and encompassed a variety of live performance types, including dance, ventrilo
Wisconsin Magazine of History2 min letti
Letters
When I saw your article on a meteorite strike in Clark Co. I hoped that it would confirm a story my father told of his childhood. Unfortunately, the dates do not match. Sometime between 1928 and 1935, my father and his family were sitting on their fa
Wisconsin Magazine of History1 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
Curio
THE NO. 45 SILSBY STEAM ENGINE HAS COME A LONG WAY. It was in active use in Berlin, Wisconsin, from 1886 to 1929. In those years, pulled by a pair of horses, the No. 45 sped down the streets with an assortment of whistles and bells that alerted every
Wisconsin Magazine of History2 min lettiScience & Mathematics
Letter From The Editor
Just how wide is the lens of history? From detailed family genealogy to the bold strokes of a nation’s founding era, we often think of history in terms of humans. Who we are is based on who we have been; our ancestry and experiences have shaped us. E
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Director, Wisconsin Historical Society Press Kate ThompsonEditor Sara E. PhillipsImage Researcher John H. NondorfResearch and Editorial Assistants Rachel Cordasco, Gary Smith, and Elizabeth WyckoffDesign Jinger Schroeder Wisconsin Historical Society
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