Upcoming Events

Join us Dec. 5th, 2020 at 10:00am for an illustrated talk on “Odd Wisconsin: True Tales and Folklore from the Badger State” by author Michael Edmonds.

He’ll share sketches of some of the strange people who lived here before us and tell authentic stories about folk characters like lumberjack hero Paul Bunyan. Along the way he’ll explain why the Wisconsin Historical Society wanted to publish brief lives of obscure eccentrics, and discuss how researching and sharing history has turned upside-down in recent years.

Michael’s virtual program will come to you via Zoom and we will be sending out the link and program ID as the time draws near.

For a bit of a preview, you may want to check out the following link provided by Michael: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15QtWSDmEI5uRwYJUBfqURVKmbpuups5w/view?usp=sharing

or, visit his website: (http://www.michael-edmonds.com)

Michael Edmonds recently retired from the Wisconsin Historical Society, where he was Director of Programs and Outreach and led the teams that digitized thousands of rare books and manuscripts for sharing on the Web. His work has won national awards from the American Association for State and Local History, the American Library Association, and the American Folklore Society. In addition to his day job, he has also taught at the UW’s graduate School of Library and Information Studies since 1986. He is the author or editor of six books, including most recently, Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America.