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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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Available June 2015

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 that 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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Available May 2015

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 May 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.

Show product details for John Nelligan: Wisconsin Lumberjack

John Nelligan: Wisconsin Lumberjack

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Available August 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.

Show product details for Blue Men and River Monsters: Folklore of the North

Blue Men and River Monsters: Folklore of the North

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Available Spring 2015

Edited by John Zimm
Foreword by Michael Edmonds

The north is a treasure trove of folklore. From magical creatures of the old country to legends of the mysterious and macabre, this lore is a record of the stories people held on to and the customs, foods, and cures that filled their lives. Collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Program, a Depression-era works project, these are the stories of Norwegian and Swiss immigrants, Native American medicine men and storytellers, and pioneers with memories of the earliest days of settlement in the Old Northwest.

Show product details for The Wisconsin Historical Society; Collecting, Preserving, and Sharing Stories Since 1846

The Wisconsin Historical Society; Collecting, Preserving, and Sharing Stories Since 1846

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Available Spring 2015

By: John Zimm

On an autumn day in 1845, a conversation between two pioneers sparked an idea that has grown into one of Wisconsin's most cherished institutions - the Wisconsin Historical Society, older by two years than the state itself. Explore the storied history of this grand Wisconsin treasure and its landmark efforts to record the most important social and political movements of our times

Show product details for Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin

Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin

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By: Patty Loew
Forward by Winona LaDuke

The Native people whose lives are depicted in Seventh Generation Earth Ethics understood the cultural gravity that kept their people rooted to their ancestral lands and acted in ways that ensured the growth and success of future generations. In this way they honor the Ojibwe’s Seventh Generation philosophy, which cautions decision makers to consider how their actions will affect seven generations in the future—some 240 years.

Show product details for Perimeter: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan

Perimeter: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan

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By: Kevin J. Miyazaki

Commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University to create an artwork reflecting on the importance of freshwater, Milwaukee-based photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki embarked on a two-week, 1,800-mile drive around Lake Michigan. He traveled its perimeter, through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan, to produce what he calls “a contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan.”

Show product details for The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac

The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac

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By: John Hildebrand

The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac John Hildebrand - “I've never believed that living in one place means being one thing all the time, condemned like Minnie Pearl to wear the same hat for every performance. Life is more complicated than that.”

In this remarkable book of days, John Hildebrand charts the overlapping rings—home, town, countryside—of life in the Midwest. Like E. B. White, Hildebrand locates the humor and drama in ordinary life: church suppers, Friday night football, outdoor weddings, garden compost, family reunions, roadside memorials, camouflage clothing. In these wry, sharply observed essays, the Midwest isn't The Land Time Forgot but a more complicated (and vastly more interesting) place where the good life awaits once we figure exactly out what it means.

Show product details for Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf: A Memoir

Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf: A Memoir

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By: Raymond C. Kaquatosh

“Little Hawk” was born Raymond Kaquatosh in 1924 on Wisconsin’s Menominee Reservation. The son of a medicine woman, Ray spent his Depression-era boyhood immersed in the beauty of the natural world and the traditions of his tribe and his family. In this rare first-person narrative of a Menominee Indian’s coming of age, Raymond Kaquatosh shares a story that is wise and irreverent, often funny, and in the end, deeply moving.

Show product details for Blaze Orange: Whitetail Deer Hunting in Wisconsin

Blaze Orange: Whitetail Deer Hunting in Wisconsin

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By: Travis Dewitz

In Blaze Orange, photographer Travis Dewitz captures the joy, excitement, and camaraderie of deer hunting in Wisconsin. A lone hunter in a tree stand as dawn arrives. A girl and her grandfather scanning a field in the fresh snow. Tired hunters laughing around the evening fire back at camp. These are snapshots of a cultural touchstone.

Show product details for Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader

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Edited by Michael Edmonds

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader documents the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, when SNCC and CORE workers and volunteers arrived in the Deep South to register voters and teach nonviolence, and more than 60,000 black Mississippians risked everything to overturn a system that had brutally exploited them.

Show product details for Mineral Point: A History

Mineral Point: A History

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By: George Fiedler

This is the story of Mineral Point from its origins to the mid-twentieth century, when a rekindled interest in the area’s storied past began with the restoration of Pendarvis House.

Show product details for From the Top: Brief Transmissions from Tent Show Radio

From the Top: Brief Transmissions from Tent Show Radio

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By: Michael Perry

From Scandihoovian Spanglish to snickering chickens, New York Times bestselling author and humorist Michael Perry navigates a wide range of topics in this collection of brief essays drawn from his weekly appearances on the nationally syndicated Tent Show Radio program. Fatherhood, dumpster therapy, dangerous wedding rings, Christmas trees, used cars, why you should have bacon in your stock portfolio, loggers in clogs—whatever the subject, Perry has a rare ability to touch both the funny bone and the heart.

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Madison by Zane Williams

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By: Zane Williams

This book of photographs by Zane Williams takes the viewer on a stroll through the heart of the city of Madison.

Show product details for For Love And Money: Portraits of Wisconsin Family Businesses

For Love And Money: Portraits of Wisconsin Family Businesses

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By: Carl Corey, forward by Michael Perry, Introduction by Graeme Reid

In his follow-up to Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars, Carl Corey turns his camera on Wisconsin family-owned businesses in existence fifty years or longer. The businesses portrayed here—bakeries and barbecue joints, funeral homes and furniture builders, cheesemakers, fishermen, ferry boat drivers—have survived against all the odds, weathering tough economic times and big-business competition.

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