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May 19, 2017
You know how some people can go to a thrift store or a garage sale and find the most amazing things? With garage sale and flea market season upon us, Katie Venit has a few tips for tackling the East Hill Neighborhood Thrift Sale in Eau Claire.
May 17, 2017
Many of us have an affinity for certain trees. For Robert Root, it’s an oak that welcomed him to a section of the Ice Age Trail near his home.
May 10, 2017
Wisconsin has more than 800 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. Since the early 19th century, Wisconsin’s maritime communities have routinely faced storms that could destroy businesses, towns, and lives. Wisconsin Historical Museum curator Dave Driscoll brings us the story of a lifesaving medal given for bravery in the face of disaster.
May 3, 2017
There are many ways to bike Wisconsin. Kitt Healy enumerates an itinerary for biking the southwestern part of our state.
April 28, 2017
A beautiful spring day can feel like the last day of school when you’re a kid – an unbelievable release into the world we didn’t even realize how much we longed for. Milwaukee historian John Gurda takes us on a walk through one of his favorite places to reconnect with nature.
April 26, 2017
There’s something about forgotten spaces that have always interested Alicia Holliday. On a class trip at Beloit College, she discovered one of the strangest places she’s explored yet.
April 21, 2017
Elise Moser first heard the name Milly Zantow at a conference and was surprised to learn that the driving force behind plastic recycling was from her new town – Sauk City. Moser thought she didn’t know about her because she was new to Wisconsin but asking around, she learned that lots of people didn’t know Milly’s story.
April 21, 2017
For many years, Sagashus Levingston felt like she was faking motherhood. The women she knew looked nothing like the mothers in books and on TV, and she felt like she was constantly failing to live up to what other people thought she should be. Rather than keep trying to change, though, Levingston decided to change the story with a group she called Infamous Mothers.
April 19, 2017
Space travel entranced Dean Robbins as a kid. He idolized astronauts and closely followed the Gemini and Apollo missions. But despite his devotion, there was one thing he didn’t know about one of his space heroes.
April 7, 2017
Carl Zeidler’s time as Milwaukee’s mayor was short but colorful. With the start of World War II, Zeidler felt a sense of duty to his nation and left his desk for the battlefield. Meg Jones tells us about Zeidler’s life on the 75th anniversary of his induction into service. 

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