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Current Issue of the Wisconsin Magazine of History

Winter 2017-2018 Issue, Volume 101, Number 2

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Robert Andrew Paus created this poster of the Woman’s Land Army in 1918, a year after the United States entered World War I. Paus’s image was used on the cover of The Great War Comes to Wisconsin: Sacrifice, Patriotism, and Free Speech in a Time of Crisis, written by Richard L. Pifer with Marjorie Hannon Pifer, published in 2017 by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and excerpted in this edition of the Wisconsin Magazine of History. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS & PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION, WWI POSTERS, LC-DIG-PPMSCA-13492


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On December 31, 1967, dedicated fans filled Lambeau Field to capacity despite subzero temperatures. Spectators bundled in multiple layers, parkas, and hunting gear to ward off the cold. ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Run It, and Let’s Get the Hell Outta Here”: Remembering the Ice Bowl

By John Zimm

On December 31, 1967, the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys faced off in the Ice Bowl, which would prove to be one of the most legendary games in NFL history. The Ice Bowl still stands as the coldest game ever played, with the temperature at kickoff hovering around -13°F, and falling as the game progressed. To Packers fans, it is much more than a game played in gelid, unforgiving conditions; the Ice Bowl has assumed a nearly mythic status that has only deepened in the fifty years since.

EnlargeMural, John Stella, Heuser

In this mural painted by John Stella in 1943 and installed at Radio Hall on the UW–Madison campus, Edward Bennett stands with fellow radio pioneers in a brown suit, with his trademark bow tie and mustache. Seated at the table are chief operator Malcolm P. Hanson and station manager Earle M. Terry, and flanking Bennett are radio committee members Andrew H. Hopkins and Henry Lee Ewbank. JAMES GILL/WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO

Wireless Pioneer: Edward Bennett and Early Radio in Wisconsin

By Jeanne Heuser

The centennial of Wisconsin Public Radio is an occasion for celebrating the contributions of its pioneers, like electrical engineering professor Edward Bennett and his 34-year involvement in educational radio at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Written by his granddaughter Jeanne Heuser, the article details Bennett’s initiation of radio experiments in 1909, acquisition of the first experimental license in 1915, and service as technical director beginning in 1929. During this formative period in WPR’s history, Bennett helped educational radio survive both the Great Depression and the rise of commercial radio.

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As draft records burned outside Milwaukee’s Selective Service office on September 24, 1968, the Milwaukee Fourteen linked arms, sang hymns, and read scripture. MILWAUKEE SENTINEL

The Milwaukee Fourteen: A Burning Protest against the Vietnam War

By Tim Thering

On September 24, 1968, fourteen religiously-motivated anti-war activists removed, or in their words “liberated,” 10,000 draft records from the Milwaukee Selective Service office. The protestors, including five Catholic priests, hauled the draft files to a square in the middle of a busy Milwaukee thruway, poured what they called “homemade napalm” over the records, and lit them on fire. The protestors gathered around the burning records, prayed, and sang “We Shall Overcome”—and unleashed a storm of controversy that gripped the city and the nation.

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Old Main peeks out over the trees on the extensive grounds of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home in June 2017, as seen from Miller Park. CAITLIN MOYER

Image Essay: 150 Years of the Milwaukee Soldier’s Home

By John Rothe

Written by John Rothe, a member of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance which spearheaded efforts to save the National Soldier’s Home, this image essay looks into the forgotten history of this iconic home and hospital for Wisconsin soldiers returning from service, a precursor to today’s Veterans Administration.

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