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New WHSP Biography Explores Indian Agent’s Life

Wisconsin Historical Society Press releases new book.

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MARCH 2016
CONTACT: Kristin Gilpatrick, Marketing Manager
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“The Silver Man”: Indian Agent Traverses Tumultuous Times

The Silver Man_ The Life and Times of Indian Agent John KinzieTraverse the Midwestern frontier — from the turbulent changes of settlement to the tragedies of the Black Hawk War — with the man whose job it was to mediate it all, Indian Agent John Kinzie. A new Wisconsin Historical Society Press biography, The Silver Man: The Life and Times of Indian Agent John Kinzie, chronicles the Wisconsin agent’s life, and in doing so, shares his front-row perspective of a pivotal time in the history of the American Midwest and American Indian relations. From the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk War to the monopoly of the American Fur Company and the forced removal of thousands of Ho-Chunk people from their native lands, Kinzie served as the primary agent in Fort Winnebago (present-day Portage), Wisconsin, working to find common ground between two seemingly polar parties.

Drawing from Kinzie’s own writings-as well as those of his famous author wife, Juliette Kinzie-biographer Peter Shrake explores this unique story, shining light on a dark and confusing time.
SPECIAL BOOK LAUNCH EVENTS
Publication of this book was made possible in part through a generous grant from the organization that operates the Historic Indian Agency House where Kinzie lived, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Wisconsin. The Dames are hosting two special book launch events at the Indian Agency House in Portage this spring to celebrate the book’s release.
      Indian Agency House Book Party: On May 15, join author Peter Shrake and the Colonial Dames at 1 p.m. to celebrate both the opening day for the historic site this season and the release of the book. The event will feature a presentation on the “Life and Times of Indian Agent John Kinzie.” A book signing in the house’s gift shop will follow.
      The Kinzies: A Historic Couple: Then, at 6:30 p.m. on June 28 Shrake kicks off the site’s Summer Lecture Series. He will be joined by Kathe Crowley Conn, author of the Society Press’s biography for young readers on Juliette Kinzie, for a unique look at the story of the couple and how this husband-wife team made history, shaped history, and recorded the history of the Wisconsin frontier.
MORE EVENTS
In addition to special events at the Kinzie historic site in Portage, Shrake will be sharing the Indian agent’s story at book talks throughout Wisconsin and beyond, including:
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016: BOOK TALK & SIGNING
Time: 6:30 p.m.
 Location: Baraboo Public Library, Baraboo, Wis.
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016: BOOK TALK & SIGNING
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park, Education Center, Green Bay, Wis.
SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016: WAR OF 1812 REENACTMENT EVENT
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Villa Louis, a Wisconsin Historical Society site, Prairie du Chien, Wis. The book talk takes place during Villa Louis’ annual War of 1812 Reenactment Weekend. The celebration runs July 16 and 17, with a book talk at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. A book signing will follow.
TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2016: HISTORY SANDWICHED IN TALK & SIGNING
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N. Carroll Street, Madison, Wis. This lecture is part of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s History Sandwiched In program at its museum on the square in Madison. A book signing will follow.
 
About the author
Peter Shrake is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, focusing on Jacksonian Indian policy in Wisconsin. He also earned a master’s degree of library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin. Shrake served as the executive director of the Sauk County Historical Museum for eight years. For three years he worked as a reference archivist for the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives. Since 2011, he has been the archivist at Circus World Museum. He lives in Baraboo with his wife and sons.
Media: For review copies of this book, please contact Kristin Gilpatrick, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706; 608-264-6465; email: kristin.gilpatrick@wisconsinhistory.org.
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Timber! eh deh

This looks interesting — Lumberjacking about Wisconsin by a Wisconsin writer published by a Wisconsin press:

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TIMBER! New Biography Details Lumberjack Days
John Nelligan_ Wisconsin LumberjackFrom “shanties” and “shingles” to “tote roads “and “tinder,” young readers can learn the details of lumberjack labor and lingo in a new Wisconsin Historical Society Press biography, John Nelligan: Wisconsin Lumberjack, by John Zimm.
This newest addition of the Society Press’s Badger Biographies Series, takes readers on a journey through Wisconsin’s lumbering heyday as lived by John Nelligan. Zimm draws from Nelligan’s autobiography and letters, housed in the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, to document the adventurous, tough, and dangerous life Wisconsin lumberjacks lived in the 1800s.
Thousands of men like Nelligan faced the perils of the North Woods, from harsh winter conditions and large saws, to falling trees and ragging rapids, to carve out a living and supply a booming demand for boards, beams and shingles to build new homes in the growing United States — a demand the eventually depleted the supply of North Woods timber in Nelligan’s lifetime.
Born in 1852, Nelligan rose through the lumberjack ranks, starting out as a humble laborer and working his way up to foreman. He worked and lived in Maine, Pennsylvania, and even Canada before coming to Wisconsin in 1871. Near the end of his long life, Nelligan wrote down his rugged life story with the help of a professional writer. In 1929, the Wisconsin Magazine of History first published that autobiography, “Life of a Lumberman.”
“John Nelligan: Wisconsin Lumberjack” is also available as an e-book.
 
About the author
John Zimm is a historian and author based in southern Wisconsin. Zimm is the editor of Blue Men and River Monsters: Folklore of the North, The Wisconsin Historical Society history book, and ofThis Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home. He has also written many articles for the “Wisconsin Magazine of History.” He works as an editor at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and lives in Waunakee, Wisconsin.
Media: For review copies of this book, please contact Kristin Gilpatrick, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706; 608-264-6465; email:kristin.gilpatrick@wisconsinhistory.org.
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Deadline — Feb. 1, 2016

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New Book Examines Segregation and Education in Milwaukee

New Wisconsin Historical Society Press release not only provides insight into the effects of Milwaukee’s segregation on the education of its children, it could be a great study for writers who are interest in this subject. The author speaks tomorrow (Nov. 20) at Boswell Book Company whose owner Daniel Goldin was honored with CWW’s 2014 Christopher Latham Sholes Award, which is present to an individual or organization for “outstanding encouragement of Wisconsin writers.”

New Book Details Tumultuous History of ‘Educating Milwaukee’
Educating Milwaukee by James K. NelsenThe history of American public education has been arduous and exciting, controversial and celebrated, and perhaps nowhere more so than in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From segregation and school choice to debates over funding and curriculum guidelines, Milwaukee has been a national epicenter for educational changes and choices. In his new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Educating Milwaukee: How One City’s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools, Dr. James K. Nelsen chronicles Milwaukee’s unique struggle for integration and quality education and traces the origins of the modern school choice movement, which has been growing in strength throughout the United States.
Nelsen follows Milwaukee’s tumultuous education history through three eras: “no choice,” “forced choice,” and “school choice.” He details the story of Milwaukee’s choice movement through to modern times. Today, Milwaukee families have more schooling options than ever — with charter schools, open enrollment, state-funded vouchers, and neighborhood schools — and yet Milwaukee’s impoverished African American students still struggle to succeed and stay in school.
“Educating Milwaukee” also shares how competing visions of equity and excellence have played out in one city’s schools in the modern era, offering both a cautionary tale and a “choice” example. The book will be available in bookstores everywhere and online retailers later this month. An e-book edition will also be available.
SPECIAL BOOK LAUNCH EVENT
Join author and educator Dr. James K. Nelsen for a discussion of the unique story of “Educating Milwaukee” and the city’s ongoing struggles for integration and quality education, including school-choice, at a special book launch event Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee. There will be time for audience questions. A book signing will follow.
Media: For a review copy of “Educating Milwaukee,” to interview the author, or for more information, please contact Kristin Gilpatrick, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706; 608-264-6465; email: kristin.gilpatrick@wisconsinhistory.org.
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About the Author
James K. Nelsen has a PhD in urban history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and teaches high school social studies at Golda Meir School in Milwaukee, a public magnet school for college-bound students in grades 3 through 12. As a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, he finds the history of the city fascinating, from its early days in the mid-nineteenth century to the modern challenges of urban life today. As a teacher, he enjoys researching the history of education from colonial times to the present. When not teaching or researching, he enjoys volunteering with youth groups, exploring his city, and following his beloved Milwaukee Brewers baseball team.

More about the Council for Wisconsin Writers and its awards is at http://www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm. CWW is accepting entries for its 2015 awards. Entry deadline is Feb. 1, 2016.

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2 Wisconsin Writers Win National Accolades

Not one, but two Wisconsin writers are finalists in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards.

Kathleen Ernst’s A Settler’s Year: Pioneer Life Through the Seasons  Front cover of the non-fiction book A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, illustrated with photographs by Loyd Heath, and published in 2015 by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

and Jerry Apps’ Wisconsin Agriculture: A History  ,

both published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press, are two of six finalists for this award in the U.S. History category.

Kathleen and Jerry are both former winners of multiple CWW awards for their writing. Read about them and the rules for awards contests for work published in 2015 at http://www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm. Entries are being accepted until Feb. 1, 2016.

 

 

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Former CWW Award Winner Touring with Two New Books

Wisconsin Historical Society Press author Jerry Apps
Where in Wisconsin is Jerry Apps? At a Book Event Near You!
No worries! Wisconsin’s celebrated rural storyteller Jerry Apps is NOT missing. He is just hard to find this time of year because he is on the road at so many book events — a schedule  that is packed even fuller since the 2015 releases of his two new Wisconsin Historical Society Press books: Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist’s Memoir AND Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
How busy is Jerry? He is so busy that the Society Press is sending this notice to help everyone keep up with our most popular and prolific author. We, and Jerry, hope to see you at one of these book events this Fall! Unless noted, all events are free and open to the public!
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015: Special Event: An Old World “Wisconsin Agriculture” Book Talk
Time: 4 pm
Location: Ramsey Barn at Old World Wisconsin, Eagle, Wis. This event is part of the living history site’s Autumn on the Farms weekend and will be held in the Ramsey Barn as a pre-Harvest Buffet Dinner event. A book signing will follow in the Old World Wisconsin gift shop. Site admission is always highly recommended (but not required) to attend the book talk. Dinner tickets are sold separately.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015: “Whispers and Shadows” Book Talk & Signing
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Ruth Culver Community Library, 540 Water St., Prairie du Sac, Wis.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015: Book Signing Event
Time: 4:30-6 pm
Location: The Clearing Folk School,12171 Garrett Bay Rd., Ellison Bay, Wis.
Time: 10 am
Location: Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N. Carroll St., Capitol Square, Madison, Wis.
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Wisconsin Historical Society headquarters auditorium, 816 State St., (across from UW Memorial Union), Madison, Wis. Wisconsin’s Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Ben Brancel, Dean Kathryn VandenBosch of the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Dr. John M. Shutske, Director of the UW-Extension, and Dr. Ellsworth Brown, The Ruth and Hartley Barker Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, are also participating in this joint Wisconsin Book Festival & Wisconsin Science Festival book talk event. A book signing will follow.
Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center “Whispers and Shadows” Talk
Time: 2 pm
Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee, Wis. Drawing from his nature memoir, Apps will explore such topics as the human need for wilderness, rediscovering a sense of wonder, and his father’s advice to “listen for the whispers” for nature’s deepest lessons. A book signing will follow. Admission is free to SANC members. Nature Center admission required ($8 for adults, $5 for youth and active duty/veterans).
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015: Gard’s Romance of Wisconsin Place Names” with Jerry Apps
Time: 2 pm
Location: The Gard Theater, 111 E. Jefferson St., Spring Green, Wis. Celebrated rural historian Jerry Apps, a former student of Robert Gard’s who wrote the new foreword for Gard’s recently reprinted classic “Romance of Wisconsin Place Names,” will share his memories of the well-known writer and educator, at the theater named in Gard’s honor. This event is sponsored by Arcadia Books, Spring Green.
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015: “Whispers and Shadows” Book Talk & Signing
Time: 7 pm
Location: Baraboo Public Library, 230 4th Ave., Baraboo, Wis.
Time: 9 am
Location: Edgerton High School, Edgerton, Wis. The Edgerton Sterling North Book and Film Festival welcomes Jerry Apps to share nature stories and lessons drawn from his memoir “Whispers and Shadows.” The event will feature highlights from his newest Wisconsin Public Television documentary, “The Land with Jerry Apps,” which debuts in November. A book signing will follow.
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015: “Wisconsin Agriculture” Book Talk & Signing
Time: 6 pm
Location: Marathon County Public Library, Wausau, Wis.
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015: “Wisconsin Agriculture” Book Talk & Signing
Time: 7 pm
Location: Belleville High School auditorium, Belleville, Wis.  Hosted by Belleville Public Library.
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015: Second Saturdays Book Talk on “Wisconsin Agriculture: A History”
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill St., Plymouth, Wis. Hosted by the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center.
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015:  “The Land with Jerry Apps” Documentary Premiere Event
Time: 9:15 am
Location: Midvale Lutheran Church, Madison, Wis. Wisconsin Public Television will showcase its newest documentary with Jerry Apps, which draws from his book “Whispers and Shadows.”
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015:  “The Land with Jerry Apps” Documentary Premiere Event
Time: 6:15 pm
Location: Wild Rose High School, Wild Rose, Wis. Wisconsin Public Television will showcase its newest documentary with Jerry Apps, which draws from his book “Whispers and Shadows.” A book signing will follow.
Wednesday, Dec 3, 2015: Friends & Family Sale Book Signing Event
Time: 11 am – Noon
Location: Wisconsin Historical Society headquarters lobby, 816 State St., Madison, Wis. Hosted by Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
Saturday, Dec 19, 2015: Sauk City Book Signing Event
Time: 11 am
Location: McFarlane’s Sporting Goods, Sauk City, Wis.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Celebrated rural historian Jerry Apps has published 11 non-fiction books with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, and counting! In addition, three of his Society Press books have been the inspiration for Wisconsin Public Television documentaries, including “A Farm Story with Jerry Apps,” the Emmy Award-winning “A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps,” and the upcoming “The Land with Jerry Apps,” which debuts next month.
Born and raised on a central Wisconsin farm, Jerry Apps is a former county extension agent and professor emeritus for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of more than forty fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books with topics ranging from barns and cheese factories to farming with horses and the Ringling Brothers circus. He and his wife, Ruth, have three grown children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson. They divide their time between their home in Madison and their farm, Roshara, in Waushara County. His books with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press include:
His Society Press books also include books for young readers in our Badger Biographies series:
Learn more about these books, and the Wisconsin Public Television documentaries, in the Jerry Apps section of the Society Press website. For an updated list of all of Jerry Apps’s appearances, visit his blog.

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A Sneak Peek at WHSP Staffers Doing the Polka

“Why the Midwest Loves to Polka” — could it be because of German ancestry?

Wisconsin Historical Society Press staff celebrate Oktoberfest in new “Polka Heartland” trailer
Video Shows Why the Midwest - and Wisconsin Historical Society Press - Loves to Polka
Folk music historian Rick March, coauthor of Polka Heartland, plays polka tunes for staff “dancers” at the Wisconsin Historical Society headquarters in Madison.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press celebrates Oktoberfest to a polka beat in our newest book trailer video, shot on the steps of the Society’s headquarters building in Madison, Wis. Richard March, coauthor of our new book Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka, accompanied our staff “dancers” on his accordion. Watch the video to catch a polka beat, then discover more about the music’s history (and learn more about people who really know how to polka!) in this joyful exploration of the beloved, unique, and richly storied genre of POLKA!
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Histories of WI Native People for Young and Old

Patty Loew Explore the Histories of Wisconsin’s Native People
in Revised and Expanded Book for Young Readers
Native People of Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded EditionExplore the stories and traditions of Wisconsin’s twelve Native Nations in this essential title from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Tailored especially for the upper elementary classroom, this newly revised and expanded edition of Native People of Wisconsin meets and exceeds the requirements of the Wisconsin American Indian Education Act (Act 31), providing exceptional and authentic teaching materials about Wisconsin’s tribal history.
Based on her research for her award-winning title for adults, “Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal,” author Patty Loew has geared this book specifically toward young readers. “Native People of Wisconsin”depicts the Native people’s incredible resilience despite rapid change and the impact of European arrivals on Native culture. Young readers will become familiar with the unique cultural traditions, tribal history, and life today for each nation.
Complete with maps, illustrations, and a detailed glossary of terms, this highly anticipated new edition includes two new chapters on the Brothertown Indian Nation and urban Indians, as well as updates on each tribe’s current history and new profiles of outstanding young people from every nation.
 An expanded Teacher’s Edition will also be available on CD in January 2016. “Native People of Wisconsin” is also available as an e-book.
About the Editor:
Patty Loew, Ph.D., is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She is a professor in the department of life sciences communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and affiliated faculty with the American Indian studies program. She has written dozens of scholarly and general-interest articles on Native topics and produced several award-winning documentaries that have appeared on commercial and public television stations throughout the country. For 20 years she hosted statewide news and public affairs programs for Wisconsin Public Television. Dr. Loew is also the author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal and Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin.
To Order:
For retail and wholesale orders: Contact the Chicago Distribution Center: 11030 South Langley Ave., Chicago, IL 60628-3830. Phone: 800-621-2736 Fax: 800-621-8476 Email:custserv@press.uchicago.edu
For individual orders: Order by phone toll free at 888-999-1669, shop online atwww.wisconsinhistory.org/shop, or shop in person at the Wisconsin Historical Museum Shop, 30 N. Carroll St., Madison WI 53703
By Patty Loew
Paperback: $15.95
208 pages, 178 b&w photos and illus., 36 maps, 8 x 7

ISBN: 978-0-87020-748-8

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