Wisconsin Book Festival Talks at the Wisconsin Historical Museum
The Wisconsin Historical Museum will host a series of three intriguing book talks in conjuction with the Wisconsin Book Festival.
- 'Letters Home to Sarah: The Civil War Letters of Guy C. Taylor'
by Kevin and Patsy Alderson (10–11 am)
Forgotten for more than a century in an old cardboard box, these are the letters of Guy Carlton Taylor, a farmer who served in the 36th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. From March 23, 1864, to July 14, 1865, Taylor wrote 165 letters home to his wife Sarah and their son Charley. Amidst the descriptions of soldiering, Taylor's letters to Sarah are threaded with the concerns of a young married couple separated by war but still coping together with childrearing and financial matters. The letters show, too, Taylor's transformation from a lonely and somewhat disgruntled infantryman to a thoughtful commentator on the greater ideals of the war.
- 'Queen Of The Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus'
by Dean Jensen (1–2 pm)
She was simply known as Leitzel. Just 4 foot 9 and a mere 94 pounds, Lillian Leitzel was one of the most famous women in the world at the turn of the 20th century. Her feats as an aerialist mesmerized crowds across the globe, and for two decades during its golden age, she was the star of the big top. In "Queen Of The Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus," author and former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel art critic Dean Jensen brings Leitzel back to life in this beautifully written narrative.
- 'Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice'
by Jody LePage (3–4 pm)
A buoyant spirit, sparkling narrator and powerful witness to racial injustice, Sylvia Bell White tells the story of her brother's killing by two white Milwaukee police officers in a narrative that reaches from her own enslaved grandparents to the nation's first African-American president.
: Free and open to the public
: Four floors of changing exhibit galleries, permanent exhibits and the museum store — located on Madison's Capitol Square
: Wisconsin Historical Museum
: 30 N Carroll St
: The site is fully accessible to visitors requiring a wheelchair for mobility.
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