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Local History Webinars

Winter Series 2016-2017

Local History Webinars

All Local History Webinars start at 10:30 am and conclude by 12:00 pm CT. There will be time during each program to ask questions for those that attend the live broadcast. All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live broadcast. Local History Webinars are all free and available to those in and out of Wisconsin.

May - Historic Preservation Month 

Weds, May 3 - Part 1: Architecture in America: As Seen through Wisconsin Eyes

The first part of this three-part program will take place Wednesday, May 3, 2017. This webinar will be a quirky look at the history of this country as seen in its architecture (from an import through Tudor Revival). While in many examples, the cultural and philosophical underpinning of what was built, by whom, and where reflects the growth of this nation and its rich multi-cultural fabric, this talk is designed to make you think differently about material that may already be familiar. Register for this webinar here.

Annemarie Sawkins, PhD, is an art and architectural historian based in Milwaukee. Since moving to the state in 1995, she has taught architectural history at UW-Milwaukee, and for Historic Milwaukee’s guide training classes. Presently she is on the board of the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation.

Weds, May 17 - Part 2:  Architecture in America: Revival Styles: As Seen through Wisconsin Eyes

The second part of this three-part program will take place Wednesday, May 17, 2017. What is in a name? This will be a fresh look at revival styles: their characteristics and the politics of their forms. What was borrowed by whom (and why) and where technology triumphs will be part of a discussion of the High Victorian era. Richardsonian Romanesque, Flemish revival architecture (plus a modern interpretation), and a Neo Baroque masterpiece will be showcased along with Queen Anne and Italianate styles. Register for this webinar here.

Annemarie Sawkins, PhD, is an art and architectural historian based in Milwaukee. Since moving to the state in 1995, she has taught architectural history at UW-Milwaukee, and for Historic Milwaukee’s guide training classes. Presently she is on the board of the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation.

Weds, May 24 - Preserving Architectural Drawings

Explore the problems involved in safely recovering, restoring, and reproducing large, poorly kept architectural drawings. The problems and challenges confronted in the process include: how to relax dry, brittle paper; flattening rolled and folded documents; and how to digitally preserve the document’s content. This discussion will be based on first-hand experience with 65 year old original architectural drawings recovered from John Randal McDonald’s personal archive. This process of recovering old miss-kept drawings can be applied to many other similar papers that require stabilization, flattening, or reproduction. Presented by David Erickson, architectural projects specialist, Wisconsin Historical Society

David Erickson began volunteering for the Wisconsin Historical Society early in 2014, working on expanding and organizing the John Randal McDonald architectural collection. He is co-authoring a book about the life and career of the Wisconsin native architect. Doing research and discovery for the book, David has received, stabilized, processed and digitized over 3,000 architectural drawings before donation to WHS and the State of Florida Archive. Today, David is the Architectural Records Specialist for the Wisconsin Historical Society. When not researching, writing or at WHS, he works as an independent architectural photographer. Register for this program here.

Weds, May 31, Part 3:  Architecture in America: Early 20th Century through Postmodern: As Seen through Wisconsin Eyes

The third part of this three-part program will take place Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Progress in the form of the skyscraper, new American idioms, and architecture as art will be the themes of this talk which will include references to the Chicago School, Exotic Revivals, Frank Lloyd Wright, Modernism, Brutalism, and Postmodernism. Register for this webinar here

Annemarie Sawkins, PhD, is an art and architectural historian based in Milwaukee. Since moving to the state in 1995, she has taught architectural history at UW-Milwaukee, and for Historic Milwaukee’s guide training classes. Presently she is on the board of the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation.

The recordings of past webinars are all available by clicking this website - https://channel.webinar.com/channel/5744293300952012806.

Questions? Contact Rick Bernstein at (608) 264-6583 or rick.bernstein@wisconsinhistory.org

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Contact the Northern Representative:

Janet Seymour
c/o University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire,
Hibbard 728
105 Garfield Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701-4004
Phone: 715-836-2250

Contact the Southern Representative:

Richard Bernstein
Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State Street,
Room 455
Madison, WI 53706-1482
Phone: 608-264-6583

 

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