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Wisconsin Magazine of History, Autumn 2010


The renovated-and-restored Library Reading Room, with replicated brass table lamps both providing bright lighting and outlets to power patrons' laptops

The recent completion of the renovation and restoration of the Society's grand Library Reading Room (seen at right) provides the illustrations and the story fodder for the cover of the Autumn 2010 issue of the "Wisconsin Magazine of History." The cover photo essay, "A Vision of Grandeur: The Restoration of the Library Reading Room" by Anne Biebel, details the room's 110 years of history from its neoclassical design by Milwaukee architects Ferry & Clas and its radical reconfiguration in the mid-1950s (done to suit changing library patrons' needs) to the current project, which again addressed evolving trends in library usage while returning many of the original room's finest neoclassical details.

Other Stories in the Autumn 2010 Issue

The cover of Autumn issue of the "Wisconsin Magazine of History"

A rich mix of Wisconsin history awaits readers of this issue. Stories range from tales of English immigrants who flocked to the state in the mid-19th century and a woman who helped educate Menoninee children to a young girl's recollections of agrarian life in post-Civil War Wisconsin and a book excerpt from the latest offering by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

  • "The Road to 'Desolation Ferry': The Story of the Potters' Emigration Society" by Roger Bentley
  • "A Bridge Between Cultures: Rosalie LaBorde Dousman's Indian School" by Anne Beiser Allen
  • The Anna Ruedy Diary: A Young Girl's Life Among the 'Bangor Swiss,' 1874-1884" by Gregory Paul Wegner
  • Book Excerpt — "Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes" by M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman, with photography by Zane Williams

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:: Posted September 9, 2010

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