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Creating Old World Wisconsin: The Struggle to Build an Outdoor History Museum of Ethnic Architecture

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John D. Krugler brings to life the history of the dedicated corps who collected and preserved Wisconsin's diverse social heritage and fast-disappearing immigrant and migrant architecture in the largest outdoor museum of rural life in the United States.
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With its charming heirloom gardens, historic livestock breeds, and faithfully recreated farmsteads and villages that span nearly 600 acres, Old World Wisconsin is the largest outdoor museum of rural life in the United States. But this seemingly time-frozen landscape of rustic outbuildings and rolling wooded hills did not effortlessly spring into existence, as John D. Krugler shows in Creating Old World Wisconsin.

Visionaries, researchers, curators, and volunteers launched a massive preservation initiative to salvage fast-disappearing immigrant and migrant architecture. Old World Wisconsin, created and maintained by the Wisconsin Historical Society, offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the state’s rich and ethnically diverse past through depictions of the everyday lives of its Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Polish, African American, and Yankee inhabitants.

Creating Old World Wisconsin chronicles the fascinating and complex origins of this outdoor museum, highlighting the struggles that faced its creators as they worked to achieve their vision. By documenting the engaging story of the challenges, roadblocks, false starts, and achievements of the site's founders, Krugler brings to life the history of the dedicated corps who collected and preserved Wisconsin's diverse social history and heritage.

About the author

John D. Krugler, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus at Marquette University with a specialization in Colonial and revolutionary America and Public History. He has authored and co-authored several books and many scholarly articles.

Summary

With its charming heirloom gardens, historic livestock breeds, and faithfully recreated farmsteads and villages that span nearly 600 acres, Old World Wisconsin is the largest outdoor museum of rural life in the United States. But this seemingly time-frozen landscape of rustic outbuildings and rolling wooded hills did not effortlessly spring into existence, as John D. Krugler shows in Creating Old World Wisconsin.

Visionaries, researchers, curators, and volunteers launched a massive preservation initiative to salvage fast-disappearing immigrant and migrant architecture. Old World Wisconsin, created and maintained by the Wisconsin Historical Society, offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the state’s rich and ethnically diverse past through depictions of the everyday lives of its Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Polish, African American, and Yankee inhabitants.

Creating Old World Wisconsin chronicles the fascinating and complex origins of this outdoor museum, highlighting the struggles that faced its creators as they worked to achieve their vision. By documenting the engaging story of the challenges, roadblocks, false starts, and achievements of the site's founders, Krugler brings to life the history of the dedicated corps who collected and preserved Wisconsin's diverse social history and heritage.

About the author

John D. Krugler, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus at Marquette University with a specialization in Colonial and revolutionary America and Public History. He has authored and co-authored several books and many scholarly articles.

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PublisherUniversity of Wisconsin Press
ISBN Number9780229292645
Publication Year2013
Page Count258
Illustrations
Format/BindingPaperback
Trim Size9 x 6 inches
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Products specifications
Details
PublisherUniversity of Wisconsin Press
ISBN Number9780229292645
Publication Year2013
Page Count258
Illustrations
Format/BindingPaperback
Trim Size9 x 6 inches
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