Monday, August 14, 2017, 10:05am
Called "the greatest American woman novelist of her day," Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and playwright Edna Ferber was born this week in 1885.
Monday, August 7, 2017, 10:55am
It’s Wisconsin State Fair time, an 11-day extravaganza of food, agriculture, competition, entertainment and rides. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the state fair grounds in West Allis. Wisconsin’s first state fair was in 1851 in Janesville. Different cities took turns hosting the fair for...
Monday, July 31, 2017, 11:45am
Ethwell "Eddy" Hanson, the composer of Wisconsin’s official state waltz, "The Wisconsin Waltz," was born this week in Waupaca in 1893.
Monday, July 24, 2017, 10:05am
Painter George Catlin was born the week of July 26 in 1796. Though he wasn’t born in Wisconsin, he spent a substantial amount of time here visiting with the Ojibwe and documenting their lives in portraits and paintings.
Monday, July 17, 2017, 2:05pm
This summer has been particularly rainy in Wisconsin, resulting in extensive flooding in some parts of the state. Wisconsin’s abundance of rivers and lakes has meant flooding has long been a part of life in Wisconsin.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 9:45am
Madison banned bathing and swimming along a large swathe of the shorelines of Lake Monona and Lake Mendota in 1851 between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. Anywhere within "public view" was off limits for swimming and sunbathing, seemingly out of fear of indecent exposure.
Monday, June 26, 2017, 9:35am
June 28 is National Paul Bunyan Day, and while many places claim the giant lumberjack as their own, Wisconsin lays claim to the first known stories and the most authentic collection of original Bunyan stories.
Monday, June 19, 2017, 10:50am
On June 21, 1921, the Wisconsin Legislature passed the nation’s first equal rights bill. It was signed into law by Gov. John James Blaine a few weeks later.
Monday, June 12, 2017, 9:50am
June 14th is Flag Day, a national observance of the United States flag. The tradition began in Wisconsin in the 19th century after Bernard J. Cigrand observed the first Flag Day in his classroom at Stony Hill School in Fredonia on June 14th, 1885.
Monday, June 5, 2017, 10:20am
This week marks celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday. The writer, interior designer and educator was born June 8, 1867, in Richland Center.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 10:40am
Open just about any hotel nightstand drawer and there’s likely to be a Bible placed there by Gideons International. The idea for the organization began in a hotel room in Wisconsin.
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.