The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to announce that the first batch of Wisconsin newspapers are now available on the Library of Congress historic newspaper site Chronicling America. Currently available is the Wood County Reporter of Grand Rapids, 1858-02-17 to 1890-03-13 with more of this title to come shortly.
During a recent coffee break at the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), conversation turned to an unusual item received by library acquisitions, a non-fiction, biographical graphic novel chronicling the life of a pioneer woman. Discussion turned to whether this resource was appropriate for the WHS library’s collection.
The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to welcome Randi Ramsden as Project Assistant to the National Digital Newspaper Program. Randi recently graduated from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, were she earned an MA in American Studies; her thesis "A real poor folks’ movement”? – A Critical Analysis of the White Community Project in the Freedom Summer (1964) utilized collections at WHS.
Nestled between Dunning Street and Jackson Street on Atwood Avenue, right along the Capital City Trail in Madison, Wisconsin, sits a grinning larger-than-life mushroom and a bright blue and red dragon urn. The creator of this public art is Sid Boyum, artist and eccentric extraordinaire, whose public art has been delighting Madisonians since the 1960s. Sid was a prolific artist with works that extended far beyond his public art; he was undeniably creative with visionary and artistic friends.