Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past

Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past
Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past
Paperback: $16.95
200 pp, illustrations, 5.5" x 6.5"

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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By Erika Janik

While Bob La Follette's exploits as leader of progressive politics are legendary, his early morning exertions to save valuable government documents and executive department paintings during the disastrous 1904 capitol fire are largely unknown - until now. "Odd Wisconsin" captures the Wisconsin people, places, and events that didn't make it into conventional state histories, lowering a bucket into the depths of Wisconsin history and bringing to light curious fragments of forgotten lives.

This unique book unearths the stories that got lost to history even though they may have made local headlines at the time. No mythical hodags or eight-legged horses here! "Odd Wisconsin" features strange but true stories from Wisconsin's past, every one of which was documented (albeit by the standards of the day). These brief glimpses into Wisconsin's past will surprise, perplex, astonish, and otherwise connect readers with the state's fascinating history. From "the voyageur with a hole in his side" to "pigs beneath the legislature," "Odd Wisconsin" gathers 300 years of curiosities, all under the radar of traditional stories.

Erika Janik grew up in Redmond, Washington, but now knows more about Wisconsin history than she ever thought possible. She has master's degrees in American history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has written many essays and articles on Wisconsin history for the Wisconsin Historical Society online collections and as editor of the Society's membership newsletter. She coordinated the Society's digital collection "Turning Points in Wisconsin History," wrote dozens of topical essays on state history as well as a short history of the state, composed encyclopedic dictionary entries on Wisconsin, and continues to provide regular feature stores for the Society homepage. Her work has appeared in "Wisconsin Trails" magazine, "On Wisconsin," "Renewing the Countryside," "Isthmus," and the "Wisconsin State Journal." Her newest title is A Short History of Wisconsin