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April 2010 Highlights

Wisconsin: Documenting a Sense of Place

The Wisconsin Historical Society has finished mounting more than 8,000 images of Wisconsin communities online. Beginning in the 1960s and continuing into the present day, the Society's visual materials archivists have created the Wisconsin Place File, consisting of views of...
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Posted April 29, 2010

Thirty-three Years Later the Story is Told

A new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book tells the harrowing tale of the Five Mile Tower Fire of 1977. Ignited by a single match on April 30, 1977, the fire raged out of control for 17 hours. It would be...
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Posted April 26, 2010

Library Reading Room Renovation Open House

The newly renovated Library Reading Room in the Wisconsin Historical Society's historic headquarters building in Madison, one of the most beautiful and ornate architectural spaces in the state, will be open for free public tours during an open house on...
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Posted April 21, 2010

Do the "Bustle Hustle" at Old World Wisconsin

Are you ready to do the "Bustle Hustle"? Old World Wisconsin will offer its first "Bustle Hustle" 5K Run/Walk through the museum grounds on Sunday, May 2. Participants will run through the 1870s Crossroads Village, around the German Area, take...
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Posted April 19, 2010

Fifth Annual Wisconsin History Makers Gala

The Wisconsin Historical Society will salute the lifetime achievements of four distinguished individuals with Wisconsin ties at the Fifth Annual Wisconsin History Makers Gala on Wednesday, May 26, at Milwaukee's historic Pfister Hotel beginning at 5:30 pm. The event is...
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Posted April 15, 2010

Fox Cities Book Festival, April 17, 2010

Wisconsin Historical Society Press authors and Society staff will play a prominent role in the Fox Cities Book Festival in Appleton on Saturday, April 17. They will give presentations on three Society books, "Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives...
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Posted April 14, 2010

Meinhardt Raabe (1915-2010)

Meinhardt Raabe, one of Wisconsin's best-loved media personalities, died on Friday in Orange Park, Florida, at the age of 94. For almost three decades Raabe played Little Oscar, "the World's Smallest Chef," driving the Oscar Mayer company's Wienermobile and appearing...
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Posted April 12, 2010

Holocaust Remembrance Day in Wisconsin

Holocaust Remembrance Day is Sunday, April 11, the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp by U.S. troops. American soldiers also liberated Dachau and Mauthausen that month, and British forces liberated Bergen-Belsen. In 1980 Congress established the annual...
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Posted April 8, 2010

Honoring Wisconsin's Vietnam Veterans

A Welcome Home Weekend Celebration at Lambeau Field will honor Wisconsin's Vietnam War veterans, and a new book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press will share their stories. Make plans to be part of LZ Lambeau™: Welcoming Home Wisconsin's Vietnam...
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Posted April 5, 2010

Spring Workshops for Local Historical Societies

If you work or volunteer for a local historical society or museum, one or more in a series of spring workshops the Society is offering jointly with the Wisconsin Federation of Museums may be exactly what you need to elevate...
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Posted April 2, 2010

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