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Show product details for The Man Who Painted The Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods

The Man Who Painted The Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods

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By: Ron Legro & Avi Lank

As a young boy, Frank Kovac Jr. fell deeply in love with stargazing, painting glow-in-the-dark constellations on his bedroom wall and inviting friends to an observatory he built in his Chicago backyard. As he reached adulthood, Kovac did not let go of his childhood dreams of reaching the stars. He began scheming to bring the universe home. While working at a paper mills as a young man, Kovac tirelessly built a 22-foot rotating globe planetarium in the woods. Despite failures and collapses, the amateur astronomer single-handedly build a North Woods treasure, painting more than 5,000 glowing stars - dot by dot in glowing paints. Today, Kovac and his unique planetarium take visitors to the stars every day.

Show product details for Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist’s Memoir

Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist’s Memoir

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By: Jerry Apps

Combining his signature lively storytelling and careful observations of the natural world, Jerry Apps explores such topics as the human need for wilderness, rediscovering a sense of wonder, and his father’s advice to listen for the whispers and look in the shadows to learn nature’s deepest lessons.

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The Romance of Wisconsin Place Names

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Available September 2015

By: Robert E. Gard
Foreword by Jerry Apps

Fifty years ago, educator and writer Robert E. Gard traveled across Wisconsin in search of stories about the origins of our state’s unique place names. This volume meticulously records the fruits of Gard’s labors, in an alphabetical listing of places from every corner of Wisconsin, and the stories behind their often-unusual names, with a foreword by Jerry Apps.

Show product details for Skunk Hill: A Native Ceremonial Community in Wisconsin

Skunk Hill: A Native Ceremonial Community in Wisconsin

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Available September 2015

By: Robert A. Birmingham

Robert Birmingham traces the largely untold history of Skunk Hill or Tah-qua-kik, describing the role the community played in preserving Native culture through a harsh period of US Indian policy from the 1880s to 1930. The story’s central focus is the Dream Dance, a pan-tribal cultural revitalization movement that swept the Upper Midwest during the Great Suppression, emphasizing Native values and rejecting the vices of the white world.

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John Nelligan: Wisconsin Lumberjack

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Available October 2015

By: John Zimm

Born in 1852, John Nelligan was a lumberjack in Wisconsin’s great northern woods. Through John’s story, young readers will experience the adventure of life as a lumberjack—and what living and working in northern Wisconsin was like, so many years ago!

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Juliette Kinzie: Frontier Storyteller

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By: Kathe Crowley Conn

In 1830, a young woman named Juliette Magill Kinzie moved from her fancy home in Connecticut to a rustic log cabin in what would later be called Wisconsin. Juliette’s memoir, Wau-Bun: The Early Day in the Northwest, is an important first-person account of life on the western frontier.

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Wisconsin Agriculture: A History

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By: Jerry Apps

Wisconsin Agriculture: A History shares the diverse back-story of agriculture in America’s “dairyland,” an intriguing tale of much more than “milk and cheese”--of cranberries and Christmas trees, honey and ginseng--told by perhaps the only Wisconsinite who could write it: celebrated rural historian, farmer, retired agricultural professor, and top-selling author, Jerry Apps.

Show product details for Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action

Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action

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By: John Garofolo

Foreword by Jackie Spinner, former war correspondent for The Washington Post

Dickey Chapelle Under Fire tells the inspiring story of a trailblazing female war correspondent who photographed world conflicts for more than twenty years, before her death in Vietnam while covering combat with the US Marines. The book draws from the vast collection of Dickey Chapelle’s work housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society. It is the first collection of her photographs shared with American public in almost fifty years.

Show product details for Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka

Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka

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Photographs by Dick Blau

Words by Rick March


Polka Heartland takes readers along on a joyful romp through the Midwestern musical traditions that give the “oompah-pah” of polka its sustaining beat.

Show product details for Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City’s First Century

Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City’s First Century

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By: Matthew J. Prigge

From murder to matchstick men and Great Lakes disasters, Milwaukee Mayhem tells the strange, engaging, and chilling tales from the early and often forgotten times in metropolis history.

Show product details for A Settler’s Year: Pioneer Life through the Seasons

A Settler’s Year: Pioneer Life through the Seasons

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By: Kathleen Ernst

Photographs by Loyd Heath


A Settler’s Year provides a rare, colorful glimpse into the hard and hearty lives of the early immigrants dreaming of, searching for, and creating new homes in the upper Midwest, a history captured in photographs taken at the Old World Wisconsin living history museum and poignant essays by historian and top-selling historical fiction author Kathleen Ernst.

Show product details for Educating Milwaukee: How One City’s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools

Educating Milwaukee: How One City’s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools

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By:James K. Nelsen

Educating Milwaukee is both an example of school “choice” successes and a cautionary tale that traces how the modern school choice movement--and its competing visions--has played out over the decades in one city’s ever-evolving school choice system, a system that now consists of charter schools, open enrollment, state-funded vouchers, neighborhood schools--and mixed results.

Show product details for Ship Captain’s Daughter: Growing Up on the Great Lakes

Ship Captain’s Daughter: Growing Up on the Great Lakes

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By: Ann Lewis

Ship Captain’s Daughter is a daughter’s memoir that shares the family side of Great Lakes shipping and the changing tides her family endured throughout the years that her father sailed the inland seas.

Show product details for Native People of Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded Edition

Native People of Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded Edition

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By: Patty Loew

Specifically for elementary readers and classrooms, this updated edition of Native People of Wisconsin details the history and culture of Wisconsin’s Indian Nations--the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oneida, Menominee, Mohican, Ho-Chunk, and Brothertown--as well as the cross-cultural lives and traditions of urban Indians.

Show product details for George Washington: “The Man of the Age”

George Washington: “The Man of the Age”

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By: John P. Kaminski

George Washington: ‘The Man of the Age’ provides a concise but vibrant exploration of America’s first president and Revolutionary War hero. Told in a lively manner through expert historic detail, this chapbook is part of the America’s Founders Biographical Series, which also features Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Lafayette, and Abigail Adams.

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Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher and Politician

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By: John P. Kaminski

Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher and Politician provides a concise but vibrant exploration of one of America’s Revolutionary leaders--and principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Told in a lively manner through expert historic detail, this chapbook is part of the America’s Founders Biographical Series, which also features George Washington, James Madison, Lafayette, and Abigail Adams.

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James Madison: Champion of Liberty and Justice

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By: John P. Kaminski

James Madison: Champion of Liberty and Justice provides a concise but vibrant exploration of one of America’s Revolutionary leaders—and fourth president. Told in a lively manner through expert historic detail, this chapbook is part of the America’s Founders Biographical Series, which also features George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette, and Abigail Adams.

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Lafayette: The Boy General

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By: John P. Kaminski

Lafayette: The Boy General provides a concise but vibrant exploration of one of America’s Revolutionary leaders—the French General, The Marquis de Lafayette. Told in a lively manner and expert historic detail, this chapbook is part of the America’s Founders Biographical Series, which also features George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Abigail Adams.

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