Milwaukee’s Long History of Cultural Festivals

Festival season unofficially kicks off in Milwaukee this weekend. Thousands of people will flock to the Henry Maier Festival Park along the lakefront to celebrate Pridefest. Later this summer, they’ll come for Polish Fest, Black Arts Fest, and Indian Summer Festival.

Whip Cracker

The crack of a whip is an unmistakable sound, evoking thoughts of cattle drives and the American west.  But if you listen with a bent ear near the village of Fall Creek you can hear those same spine tingling cracks echoing from the rolling hills. 


Yard games are always popular a chance to be outside and have fun with friends. You may have tossed horseshoes and bean bags but have you played kubb? Chris Malina tells us about his favorite game.

Franklin Van Valkenburgh’s Pearl Harbor

The Pearl Harbor attack caught America by surprise and led to our entry into the Second World War. Meg Jones tells us about the Milwaukee-born captain of the USS Arizona. Franklin Van Valkenburgh spent his entire adult life training for war.

Hmong Blacksmith

In the back of the Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency in La Crosse, there’s a blacksmith shop where people can learn an historic craft. It’s here that master blacksmith Tong Khai Vang teaches apprentice Kong Mong Yang how to melt metal, pound it out into hot, glowing orange strips, and create traditional knives.

North Trail Store

A small town general store can be the lifeblood of a rural community especially in some of the more isolated pockets of Northern Wisconsin. The recession has been hard on Main Street businesses, and a lot of them have closed in the past year.

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