Current Issue of the Wisconsin Magazine of History | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Current Issue of the Wisconsin Magazine of History

Summer 2022, Volume 105, Number 4

Current Issue of the Wisconsin Magazine of History | Wisconsin Historical Society
EnlargeLocal CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and NAACP chapters protest George Wallace’s presidential primary campaign stop at the Cuba Club in Madison, April 2, 1964.

Cover Photo

Vicky Benzing flies a maneuver in her vintage Stearman biplane during the afternoon air show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021. PHOTO BY CAMDEN THRASHER, COURTESY OF EAA

Featured Story

The Little Fly-In That Could: How Oshkosh Landed the Largest Annual Aviation Event in the World

By William Povletich

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has hosted its annual fly-in convention, now known as the AirVenture, in Oshkosh since 1970. The week-long event has drawn astronauts, decorated fighter pilots, Hollywood stars, NASA engineers and just about every type of aircraft imaginable. Though the Oshkosh airshow is now an institution, the EAA’s journey to Oshkosh was far from a smooth flight: a flight that began in one man’s basement in the winter of 1953. William Povletich tells the tale of Paul Poberezny, whose lifelong love of flying small aircraft led him to found the EAA and its world-famous Fly-In. 


EnlargeSoren Uhrenholdt, the Seer of Seeley, age eighty-one, teaching a 4-H group from Sawyer County about forestry amidst his maturing pines

Extra! Extra! Read All about It!

For decades, serving as a newspaper carrier was a highly sought-after job. In the mid-1940s, photographer Arthur Vinje took a series of photos featuring carriers like this one, name unknown, for the Wisconsin State Journal.

Extra! Extra! Delivering the Paper on D-Day

By W. Lee Hansen

In the 1940s, W. Lee Hansen was one of dozens of boys who delivered the Racine Journal-Times to readers. When June 6, 1944 came around, he was called on to deliver four “extras” as the headlines of the D-Day invasion emerged.


EnlargeThe Sugar House, ca. 1965. This roadside gift shop, built by the Reynolds family along US Highway 45 just north of Aniwa in Shawano County, used a sign in the shape of a large maple can to advertise its wares.

A Welcome Break

Snapshots of bike hosteling trips from Madison, such as this one from summer 1940, fill the Neighborhood House scrapbook. WHI IMAGE ID 95522

The Pedal Pushers: Bike Hosteling from Neighborhood House

By Sara E. Phillips

It was the summer of 1940, and while many Americans’ minds were fixed on the war unfolding in Europe, several groups of Madison youth exchanged the torpor of city living for a few days of bike hosteling in the countryside. For many, it was their first experience of life outside the urban grid; for some, it was the first time they’d ridden a bicycle. In this issue, we share the story behind these hosteling trips with Neighborhood House, the organization that sponsored them, along with a selection of entries from a playful scrapbook recounting the trips held in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives.


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