The Dells Country Historical Society, the Kilbourn Public Library and the UW Speakers Bureau are teaming up to bring UW-Madison faculty to the Dells to discuss history.
The series, “Our History: Wisconsin and the Dells” begins Tuesday, Aug. 8 with Kevin Walters, whose subject is "A Land of Milk and Patents: The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and Land Conservation, 1953-2001." The lecture begins at 7 p.m., with refreshments available beforehand starting at 6:30 p.m. The session will include an opportunity for questions from the audience.
Walters is a historian and strategic research coordinator for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and a PhD candidate in the UW-Madison History Department. Although much of his family comes from the Midwest, he grew up in Temple, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate. He came to Madison after completing an MA in humanities and an MA in history from the University of Texas at Dallas and after working eight years as a staffing planner and forecaster for the consumer finance division of GE Capital.
WARF owned and operated boat tours and concessions in Wisconsin Dells for almost 50 years. It owned most of the land along the Wisconsin River that forms what is known as the Dells. In 1996, WARF sold the land to the Department of Natural Resources, and it became the Dells of the Wisconsin River Natural Area. Why did WARF own the land along the river? In Wisconsin history, agricultural science, business, and conservation have always been joined at the hip. WARF is also the home of vitamin D patents and the drug warfarin (aka Coumadin).
On Sept. 12, Troy Reeves will give a talk, “What is Oral History? And Why Does It Matter?” Reeves heads the oral history program at the UW-Madison Archives and has directed oral history programs since 1999. He also serves as the managing editor of the Oral History Review and is on the board of the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
Other speakers in the series include Mark Louden, professor of German on the German presence in Wisconsin and Stephen Kantrowitz, professor, Department of History, American Indian Studies Program and Department of Afro-American Studies. He will talk on how the Ho-Chunk resisted removal from Wisconsin.
Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Kilbourn Public Library.
Long-ago Lunchtime Lessons
12:10 pm to 12:50 pm
By Paul Wolter
First Thursday of the month
At the Senior Center
124 2nd St. Baraboo, WI
September – Cliff House at Devil’s Lake
October – The Warren Hotel
November – Secrets of the Al. Ringling Theatre
December – The Birds-eye Drawings of Baraboo
January – The Drug Stores of Baraboo
February - Baraboo in the roaring 20s
March – Al. and Lou Ringling
April – Pioneer historian William Canfield
May – The Man Hunt of 1961
Badger Steam & Gas Show
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