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February 2012 Highlights

'Garden Wisdom' Book Launch in Madison

"My family has gardened for generations," says Wisconsin Historical Society Press author Jerry Apps, writer of Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening. "Both my sets of grandparents were gardeners, as were my parents. I introduced my three...
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Posted February 27, 2012

Taste Traditions of Wisconsin: 'Wau-Bun' Stories

March is Women's History Month, and the Wisconsin Historical Museum is celebrating the occasion on Tuesday, March 6, with a dramatic portrayal and themed dinner built around the storied life of Juliette Magill Kinzie. Stories of Juliette Magill Kinzie, Frontier...
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Posted February 23, 2012

Local History/Genealogy Workshops Slated

Each spring the Society sponsors a series of educational workshops for genealogists as well as for the staff and volunteers of local historical societies and museums. The general public is also welcome to attend. These workshops feature presentations and hands-on...
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Posted February 20, 2012

Sen. William Proxmire's Papers Go Online

When Sen. William Proxmire (1915-2005) retired in 1988, he and his staff donated more than 200 boxes of office files to the Wisconsin Historical Society. A generous selection from those has just been released on the Society's website. It includes...
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Posted February 16, 2012

Wisconsin Soldiers Encounter Slavery

February is Black History Month, and recently digitized documents in Wisconsin in the Civil War open a window onto one aspect of African-American history largely hidden until now — how were slaves and black refugees viewed by Wisconsin troops? Our...
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Posted February 13, 2012

Culver's Restaurant Sign Finds a Home

The familiar blue oval sign that identifies the many Culver's Restaurant franchises located throughout Wisconsin and several other states has become a Wisconsin icon. Now, through the generosity of Culver's, the sign that towered above Culver's first successful restaurant franchise...
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Posted February 9, 2012

Ghost Ships of the Schooner Coast

Explore the underwater world of Lake Michigan through an exhibit of the photography of Wisconsin Historical Society underwater archaeologist Tamara Thomsen at the Wisconsin Historical Museum opening Tuesday, February 7. Surround yourself with the shipwreck stories of the steamers Continental...
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Posted February 6, 2012

It's Groundhog Day in Wisconsin

Burrowed 6 to 10 feet into the ground, some groundhogs become much-watched "Meteorologists for a Day" on February 2 — Groundhog Day. Across North America there's Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania; Buckeye Chuck in Marion, Ohio; Willie in Woodstock, Illinois,...
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Posted February 2, 2012

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