Wisconsin Historical Society

Michael Edmonds

Speakers Bureau

Michael Edmonds | Wisconsin Historical Society
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Michael Edmonds

Michael Edmonds is a writer and public historian living in Madison, Wisconsin. His writings on history, nature, and folklore explore ways that ideas have moved through time and space in oral, printed, and digital forms. He's fascinated by eccentric, unusual, and atypical people or events that mainstream history has usually overlooked. For more than a decade he wrote the syndicated weekly newspaper column "Odd Wisconsin," highlighting bizarre and little-known stories from the state's past. Michael's books from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press include Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of AmericaThe Wisconsin Capitol: Stories of a Monument and Its PeopleWarriors, Saints and Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped WisconsinRisking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader; and Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan. He is also available to speak on Wisconsin folklore, the WPA Writers Program in Wisconsin, the Society's Civil Rights collections, 1964 Mississippi Summer, and other topics. Michael recently retired from a 36-year career at the Wisconsin Historical Society, where he was most recently Director of Programs and Outreach. For more information, see Michael-Edmonds.com.

Topics:

  • African American History in Wisconsin
  • Birds and Humans in the Midwest
  • Bold, Not to Say Crazy: Collecting Civil Rights Manuscripts during the 1960s
  • The Federal Writers' Project in Wisconsin
  • The History of Genealogy in Wisconsin
  • Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan
  • Risking Everything: The Story of Freedom Summer
  • Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America
  • Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels from Wisconsin History
  • Wisconsin's Capitol: Stories of a Monument and Its People

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