Did you know that the American circus has roots that trace their way back to this state? The Ringling Brothers, five men that created “The Greatest Show on Earth” grew up in Baraboo, WI and used the small town as their base of operations and winter quarters. In the late 19th and early 20th century, […]
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Civil War encampments, period reenactments, and French fur trapper rendezvous are a common scene during the Wisconsin summer. One such festival that caught our attention was the Little Bull Falls Logjam in Mosinee, WI.
I am a boat nerd. I am not afraid to admit it. For many years my Dad would take me down to see the big boats of the Great Lakes when I lived in Milwaukee. There is something majestic about the boats on the inland seas. They are truly the stuff of legends.
The tavern in Wisconsin plays an important social role in the State. The perfect tavern is warm and inviting, dimly lit, maybe with a worn bar top and ancient back bar. The barkeepers are gracious and the locals friendly. All over the State these little hole in the wall places still exist, although they are […]
We headed out to Stratford Heritage Days today for some cultural fun. The schedule was filled with dancing demonstrations from around the world, music, historical cemetery tours, a small carnival, car show and a bit of food. The historical museum was also open for a peek. As we wandered towards the carnival we were greeted […]
The Woodson History Center (home of the Marathon County Historical Society) in Wausau is still filled with scaffolding, paint brushes and ladders. But the inaugural exhibit commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial for this space is already starting to take shape. And so are the many programs that will complement the exhibit. The very first of these […]
It has been 40 years (August 24, 1970) since the bombing of Sterling Hall at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. In recognition Oral History Project at UW Madison and Wisconsin Story Project are taking up the task of collecting memories from those who remember that day. A booth has been set up at Memorial Library […]
It always amazes me when folks walk through museums or by historic areas and ask “I wonder what…”, yet they never take the time to solve the mysteries at hand. Always ask the docent… especially Margrette (I apologize if I spelled your name wrong!) at the Madeline Island State Historical Museum. Every time we visit […]
It isn’t often that I am given the chance to head out and explore Wisconsin as a solo act- but this past week I headed to Washburn and Bayfield sans co-pilots. I arrived in Washburn at about 11:30 and decided to begin the day with a visit to the Washburn Historical Society. I had visited […]
This weekend you can relive the golden age of the railroad at the Stonefield Village historical site in Cassville, Wisconsin. The site, run by the Wisconsin State Historical Society interprets life and history in turn of the century southwestern Wisconsin. The Golden Age of the Railroad is loosely defined as the time period between 1880 […]