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This issue includes articles on the history of cranberry growing in Wisconsin, eugenics and the involuntary sterilization of women in the 20th century, Green Bay Packers photographer Vernon Biever, Milwaukee industrial designer Brooks Stevens, and an excerpt from the book Wheel Fever on the bicycle racing career of Milwaukee's Walter Sanger.


This issue includes an article on the building of the Washburn and Yerkes observatories in the late 19th century, a series of letters by Reuben Gold Thwaites describing his 1887 trip canoeing the Fox River, a photo essay on the lives of the lockmasters and their families on the Fox River, a description the Arab American community in Milwaukee from the late 1oth through the mid-20th century, and a book excerpt on Lauerman Brothers Department Store of Marinette, Wisconsin.


This issue includes articles on the kindergarten operated by the Oshkosh Normal School in the 1880s, a biographical sketch of Cora Anderson, a Milwaukee woman from the early 20th century who lived as a man for many years, genealogical research at the Wisconsin Historical Society, a photoessay prominent women's fashions and a book excerpt on historic taverns.


This issue features articles on John H. Kinzie and the Fort Winnebago Indian Agency, engravings based on the sketches of A.R. Waud, letters written by Wisconsin soldiers serving in the Civil War, the schooner Rouse Simmons, and the League Against Nuclear Dangers.


Featured Articles

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Author Tommy Thompson describes the use of Camp Randall in the spring of 1862 as a prison camp for Confederate soldiers.

This article examines the rise and subsequent treatment of juvenile delinquency in Milwaukee following World War II.


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