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Society Press Announces its First Audio Book

Three fishermen celebrate their catch of sturgeon, catfish and sheepshead (photo courtesy of the New London Public Museum)

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press announces the release of its first audio book production, "People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish." The book and its audio book companion tell a conservation success story from Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago region told through the culture, art and science surrounding lake sturgeon. From the earliest inhabitants of Wisconsin to the hardy souls who flock to frozen Lake Winnebago for the annual sturgeon spearing season, people have always been drawn to this enigmatic creature.

The Characters and Unique Dialect of Sturgeon Country

The cover of "People of the Sturgeon Audio Book"

Voices of sturgeon protagonists reveal the characters and unique dialect found in sturgeon country, with a narrative backbone provided by the book's three primary authors, Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Ronald M. Bruch and Frederick P. Binkowski. These interviews were conducted in trucks on and around Lake Winnebago, at Menominee powwows and sturgeon banquets, in basement decoy workshops, and on the edges of rivers and falls across central Wisconsin. This audio book includes updates on Menominee-DNR relations, new information on sturgeon aging, grassroots string tunes by Graminy and pioneering recordings of the mysterious sounds of "sturgeon thunder."

The Winnebago Sturgeon History Project

"People of the Sturgeon" is part of the Winnebago Sturgeon History Project, coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with assistance from Sturgeon For Tomorrow and the University of Wisconsin Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures. These interviews, along with donated artifacts and photographs, are archived at the Oshkosh Public Museum in Oshkosh.

:: Posted May 29, 2012

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