Wisconsin and Iowa County in World War I

Wisconsin and Iowa County in World War I

Just over century ago, what came to be called “The Great War” was underway in Europe. The war had begun in July, soon after the assassination in Sarajevo of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. In 1914, Wisconsin wasn’t yet a part of this conflict...
The 1914 Christmas Truce

The 1914 Christmas Truce

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1914, British, German, and French soldiers on the war’s western front disregarded explicit orders from their superiors, and threat of consequences including court marshal and even execution. They rose up out their trenches, put down their...
Kitchen and Culture: School Lunches

Kitchen and Culture: School Lunches

  “Alice and I always walked home from school for dinner at noon. Sometimes there would be a blizzard and Emma would call us in for Cornish pasties. That saved us a long walk in the storm, since she lived about halfway to our house.” – From High on the Bluff...
Historical Cooperatives in Wisconsin

Historical Cooperatives in Wisconsin

In Bittersweet Harvest, Will O’Shaughnessy convinces dairy farmers in his Wisconsin River community of Willow to organize a cooperative.  It’s the 1930s, the Great Depression era. “If we organize, we can buy in volume. We can sell in volume. We’d get better prices…I’d...
The Potawatomi Indians

The Potawatomi Indians

Wyatt’s Woods, written by Harold Thorpe and published in 2013 by Little Creek Press, is the fictional story of Red Eagle, a Potawatomi Indian boy who, three hundred and fifty years ago, carved a small bear out of limestone. It was lost during a legendary battle at...
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