Monday, May 22, 2017, 10:35am
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey closed for good Sunday night, marking the end of an era for a circus with deep roots in Wisconsin.
Monday, May 15, 2017, 9:50am
In Wisconsin, low milk prices during the Depression led some farmers to reduce supplies of milk by pouring it out as part of what became know as the " milk strikes ."
Monday, May 8, 2017, 10:30am
Racine’s "Patent Medicine King," Dr. Clarendon Shoop, died this week in 1924 in Hollywood.
Monday, May 1, 2017, 9:45am
It isn’t often that recluse, poet, scientist, linguist, musician and state geologist twice over attach themselves to one man. But James Gates Percival, who died this week in the Village of Hazel Green in 1856, was no ordinary man.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:15am
Greenbelt towns were a project of the Resettlement Administration to house struggling and/or displaced families in new, planned communities that merged the best of urban and rural living. The complexity of acquiring land and planning the towns, however, led to the construction of only three towns: Greenbelt, Maryland; Greenhills, Ohio; and Greendale, Wisconsin.
Monday, April 17, 2017, 3:25pm
Margarethe Meyer Schurz opened the first kindergarten in the United States in Watertown, Wisconsin, in 1856.
Monday, April 10, 2017, 10:00am
Composer Irving Berlin brought the Easter bonnet into popular culture with his 1933 song "Easter Parade." The song is about the New York City elites who attended Easter services at churches on Fifth Avenue and then strolled down the block showing off their new spring outfits. The popularity of the Easter bonnet hit its peak in 1948 when Judy Garland serenaded Fred Astaire on screen in a film with the same name as Berlin's tune.
Monday, April 3, 2017, 11:45am
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I. Though we tend to think of World War II as when women worked in factories, many women went to work in place of enlisted men during WWI.
Monday, February 27, 2017, 1:15pm
Around 2:30 a.m. Feb. 27, 1904, a fire began that destroyed Wisconsin's state Capitol building.
Monday, February 20, 2017, 12:15pm
With President’s Day and spring elections this week, we’re thinking about elections and campaigns to elect people – er, dogs – like Snoopy.
Monday, February 13, 2017, 10:10am
George Howard was La Crosse’s first pharmacist and likely also the first to peddle love potions in the city. His remedies built on a long tradition. The promise of "love in a bottle" has beguiled humans for centuries.
Monday, February 6, 2017, 10:20am
On Feb. 9, 1950, Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy burst onto the national stage with his claim to possess the names of 205 communists working for the U.S. State Department.
Monday, January 30, 2017, 9:35am
The "Incomparable Hildegarde" was born this week in 1906. The Wisconsin-born singer, pianist and all-around entertainer was so famous in her lifetime that she was known only by one name.
Monday, January 23, 2017, 10:35am
On Jan. 23, 1957, Wham-O produced its first bunch of Frisbees. The toy quickly became popular outside of the normal "toy demographic," as this image of University of Wisconsin-Madison college students from the 1980s attests.
Monday, January 9, 2017, 9:10am
Mary Amelia Ingalls was born Jan. 10, 1865. At age 14, she went blind. The Ingalls family was living in South Dakota at the time, which had no school for the blind, so in 1881, Mary entered the Iowa College for the Blind in Vinton, Iowa.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 9:20am
Last week, we celebrated National Fruitcake Day – you did, right? This week, we celebrate National Fruitcake Toss Day on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Monday, December 19, 2016, 11:10am
Christmas trees are grown in almost every state, but Wisconsin is among the top producers. Wisconsin trees have even gone to the White House as the National Christmas tree, including this year’s tree from Whispering Pines Tree Farm in Oconto.
Monday, December 12, 2016, 10:55am
Southern Wisconsin got its first significant snow fall recently, which of course signals the all-important start of snowman season.
Friday, December 2, 2016, 12:25pm
On Dec. 4, 1916 – one hundred years ago – 9XM, the predecessor to today's Wisconsin Public Radio, broadcast its first weather forecast. It was the first regular broadcast by the station and was information with broad use by the state’s residents, especially farmers, many of whom received the forecast by mail.
Monday, November 28, 2016, 12:00pm
When we think of environmental heroes from Wisconsin, we likely think of John Muir, Aldo Leopold and Gaylord Nelson. But conservationist Wilhelmine D. La Budde, who died this week in 1955, is one of many unsung female heroes of conservation in Wisconsin.