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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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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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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.

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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.”

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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.

Show product details for Banning DDT: How Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way

Banning DDT: How Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way

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By: Bill Berry, forward by David Yarnold, National Audubon Society

On a December day in 1968, DDT went on trial in Madison, Wisconsin. In Banning DDT: How Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way, Bill Berry details how the citizens, scientists, reporters, and traditional conservationists drew attention to the harmful effects of “the miracle pesticide” DDT, which was being used to control Dutch elm disease.

Show product details for The Bingo Queens of Oneida: How Two Moms Started Tribal Gaming in Wisconsin

The Bingo Queens of Oneida: How Two Moms Started Tribal Gaming in Wisconsin

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By: Mike Hoeft

Before Indian casinos, a few enterprising tribes got their start in gambling by opening bingo parlors. A group of women on the Oneida Indian Reservation just outside Green Bay, Wisconsin, introduced bingo in 1976 simply to pay a few bills. Bingo not only paid the light bill at the struggling civic center but was soon financing vital health and housing services for tribal elderly and poor.

Show product details for Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham, Early Chronicler of Plants, Rocks, Rivers, Mounds and All Things Wisconsin

Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham, Early Chronicler of Plants, Rocks, Rivers, Mounds and All Things Wisconsin

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By: Martha Bergland & Paul G. Hayes

In this long overdue tribute to Wisconsin’s first scientist, authors Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes explore the remarkable life and achievements of Increase Lapham (1811–1875). Lapham’s ability to observe, understand, and meticulously catalog the natural world marked all of his work, from his days as a teenage surveyor on the Erie Canal to his last great contribution as state geologist. Self-taught, Lapham mastered botany, geology, archaeology, limnology, mineralogy, engineering, meteorology, and cartography. A prolific writer, his 1844 guide to the territory was the first book published in Wisconsin. Asked late in life which field of science was his specialty, he replied simply, “I am studying Wisconsin.”

Show product details for Cris Plata: From Fields to Stage / Del Camp al Escenario

Cris Plata: From Fields to Stage / Del Camp al Escenario

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a dual language book
By: Maia A. Surdam

Raised among Mexican American farmworkers, singer-songwriter Cris Plata spoke Spanish, ate Mexican food, and heard Mexican music played by family and friends. He also spoke English, went to school with mostly white children for at least half the year, and grew familiar with mainstream American culture. Until he was seven, he and his family lived and worked on a ranch near Poteet, Texas. The family became migrant farm-workers, moving from Indiana to Arkansas and Florida before finally settling in Wisconsin in 1966 to work at an Astico farm.

Show product details for One Small Farm: Photographs of a Wisconsin Way of Life

One Small Farm: Photographs of a Wisconsin Way of Life

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By: Craig Schreiner

In One Small Farm, Craig Schreiner’s evocative color photographs capture one family as they maintain the rhythms and routines of small farm life near Pine Bluff, Wisconsin. There’s much more to life on the farm than just chores, of course, and Schreiner captures the rhythms and richness of everyday life on the farm in all seasons, evoking both the challenges and the joys and providing viewers a window into a world that is quickly fading.

Show product details for One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades

One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades

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By: Susan Apps-Bodilly

Have you ever wondered what it was like to attend a one-room school, to be in the same classroom as your older brother or younger sister, or to have your teacher live with your family for part of the school year? In One Room Schools, Susan Apps-Bodilly chronicles life in Wisconsin’s early country schools, detailing the experiences of the students, the role of the teacher, and examples of the curriculum.

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