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Dear Papa, I’m Writing To You On Birch Bark

When WPR producer Steve Gotcher's daughter, Erika, was a little girl, she started a now 25-year tradition of sending him ...

My Mother’s Tea: Skepticism And Love Of Family Traditions

Many of us grow up questioning our parents’ methods and traditions, only to find ourselves embracing them later in life. ...

Wisconsin 101: Pasties

Imagine this: It’s early morning in a small Wisconsin town about a century ago. The sun hasn’t risen, but parents ...

Cloud Eating: The Power Of Homemade Tortillas

Many of us have strong memories tied to making food with our families. Writer Araceli Esparza shares a poem about ...

Ice Harvesters Keep A 19th-Century Tradition Alive, One Block At A Time

In 1911, the Milwaukee-area manufacturer Alonzo Pauling gathered $75,000 in capital and founded the Pewaukee Lake Ice Company with his ...

How Did Polka Become A Dance And Tradition? You Betcha We Have An Answer!

Wisconsin seems to have a pretty good sense of humor about its clichés. Beer? Brats? Cheese? And if we’re making a ...

Yiddish Music Traditions With Lil Rev

Music is a cornerstone of Jewish culture, especially during holidays and festivals. Musician Lil Rev grew up in a musical ...

Who Are Tom And Jerry And Why Are They A Cocktail?

It seems that every season has its cocktails. When the temperature drops and the snow piles up, people want a ...

Meet Bruce The Spruce: Green Bay’s Talking Christmas Tree

For some people, Christmas in Green Bay is not complete without a visit to “Bruce the Spruce.” It’s a fake ...

Wild Rice Harvest Tradition Passed Down To Youth

Wild rice, or manoomin, is a staple food among Ojibwe tribes that lies at the center of their time on ...

Rare Wisconsin Tobacco Farmers Hang On To Tradition

Tobacco used to be a major cash crop in Wisconsin, but today very few farms remain. Those that do are ...

Cannibal Sandwiches: A Polarizing And Misunderstood Wisconsin Tradition

Imagine. It’s the holidays and to quiet your pre-dinner hunger, someone hands you a slice of rye bread topped with ...

Longing For Las Posadas

Las Posadas are an important part of Mexican Christmas tradition. These community celebrations take place on each of the nine ...

Food Traditions: Lutefisk Supper

This story is part of Wisconsin Life's Food Traditions series. Lutefisk is a Scandinavian delicacy. It’s cod or whitefish that's ...

Motorcycle Gang Holds Bi-Annual Bike Showcase In Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff, ten miles west of Madison, is a typical rural Wisconsin community. It has a church, a couple of ...