Wisconsin Historical Society

Speakers Bureau

Field services representatives Rick Bernstein and Janet Seymour.

The Wisconsin Historical Society can provide dozens of speakers to civic organizations, community groups, and other public venues. Some are members of the Society staff, who are available at no charge, and others are authors of books and articles we publish (who negotiate their own fees for traveling and speaking).

To find a speaker, browse the list below or use the search box at the top of this page: enter the word speakers and a topic such as sports or food or architecture (speakers Civil War). Read the speaker's profile and when you've found someone you like, click Submit a Booking Request to tell us the date, time, and other details. We'll connect you with the speaker and help arrange what you need for a successful program.

 

Alphabetical List of Speakers


Portrait of Terese Allen.

Terese Allen, a former chef and author of several books on Wisconsin's food traditions, including her most recent Society Press book The Flavor of Wisconsin: An Informal History of Food and Eating in the Badger State (co-author), is a food columnist for Madison's "Isthmus" newspaper. She is a former contributing editor of "Wisconsin Trails" magazine and also food editor for Organic Valley, the country's largest organic farmers' cooperative.  Topic: Cooking and Food History  Request This Speaker


Portrait of R. Bruce Allison.

R. Bruce Allison, author of Every Root an Anchor: Wisconsin's Famous and Historic Trees and If Trees Could Talk: Stories About Wisconsin Trees, is an arborist in Madison, Wisconsin. He holds a master's of science in forestry and a Ph.D. in land resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Topic: Environment and Nature Note: Dr. Allison is unavailable for speaking engagements until early summer 2018.  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Susan Apps-Bodilly.

Susan Apps-Bodilly, author of One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades, has been an elementary and middle school teacher for more than twenty years and currently teaches second- and third-grade students. She has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Topics: Education, Young Readers  Request This Speaker


Felipe Avila

Felipe Avila is the GIS Coordinator for the Wisconsin Historical Society. He has a BA in Political Science and Anthropology from the Ohio State University and graduate certificate in GIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has given talks on practical applications of technology in archaeology, including LIDAR, aerial photography, and environmental monitoring, and using GIS technology for analysis in archaeology, stormwater management, crime analysis, emergency management, and business.  Request This Speaker


Leslie Bellais

Leslie Bellais is curator of social history at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. She gives a wide range of programs on the history of clothing, textiles, quilts, dolls, and toys, including "Flapper Fashion," "Rituals of Romance: A History of Courtship and Weddings,1830-1990," "Civil War Memories & Mementos," and "Over Here: The Wisconsin Homefront in World War I." More details on Leslie's presentations are here.  Request This Speaker

 

 


Portrait of Martha Bergland.

Martha Bergland, coauthor of Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham, Early Chronicler of Plants, Rocks, Rivers, Mounds and All Things Wisconsin, taught English at Milwaukee Area Technical College. After her retirement, she studied Increase Lapham for five years. She has also written two novels and is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Her coauthor Paul G. Hayes, a former science reporter for "The Milwaukee Journal," is also available for speaking engagements.  Topic: Environment and Nature  Request This Speaker


Bernstein, Richard

Rick Bernstein has been the Wisconsin Historical Society's local history consultant for the southern region of the state for more than a decade. His talks for local history groups include "Increase Your Chances of Securing a WHI Mini-grant" and "Jobs in Historic Preservation."  Request This Speaker




Portrait of Bill Berry.

Bill Berry, author of Banning DDT: How Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way, worked more than 20 years as a reporter, columnist, and editor for several daily newspapers. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, he now writes about conservation and agriculture as a freelance writer. He is a columnist for the "Capital Times" newspaper in Madison.  Topic: Environment and Nature  Request This Speaker


Lori Bessler

Lori Bessler is the genealogy and local history specialist in the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library, Archives and Museum Collections division. She presents a wide variety of talks and workshops for the general public, including "Genealogy: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced," "Using Ancestry.com," "Using FamilySearch.org," "Online Research," "Where to Find Collections Anywhere and Everywhere," and "Immigration Research."  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Robert Birmingham.

Robert Birmingham, author and editor of many publications on Wisconsin archaeology, including his most recent Society Press books Skunk Hill: A Native Ceremonial Community in WisconsinLife, Death and Archeology at Fort Blue Mounds: A Settlers' Fortification of the Black Hawk War and Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Indian Town, is the former Wisconsin State Archaeologist (1989-2004) at the Wisconsin Historical Society. He teaches anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.  Topic: Archaeology  Request This Speaker


Matthew Blessing

Matt Blessing is Director of the Society's Library, Archives and Museum Collections division. He is the author of "'The inventions, though of little importance, opened all doors for me': John Muir's years as an inventor" in the Wisconsin Magazine of History. He gives a variety of talks about John Muir's youth in Wisconsin, especially his early inventions that dazzled visitors at the 1860 Wisconsin State Fair.  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Kathy Borkowski.

Kathy Borkowski is Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Borkowski and other staff members are available to speak about the Society Press as well as about book publishing.  Topics: Publishing, Wisconsin Historical Society Press  Request This Speaker







Alison Bridger

Alison Bridger is the Wisconsin Historical Society's archivist in charge of bibliographic information systems. She speaks to professional groups and the general public about the organization and care of manuscripts and archives, including family papers.  Topics: Care for Family Papers, WHS Collections  Request This Speaker

 

 


Broihahn-John

John Broihahn is Wisconsin's State Archaeologist. He works in the State Historic Preservation Office of the Wisconsin Historical Society. He gives a variety of presentations on archaeology. These include "Spirits on the Earth: Wisconsn Burial Mounds," "Ancient Wisconsin," "Native American Lead Mining and Processing," "A Smelter's Life: Euro-American Lead Smelting," "Perpetuating Identity: Late 19th and early 20th Century Off-Reservation American Indian Communities, "Wisconsin's Proposed Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary," and others.  Request This Speaker

 


Brown, Harry

Chip Brown is an attorney with the Wisconsin Historical Society's Historic Preservation division. He speaks about legal aspects of preservation work, including local, state and federal laws and burial sites legislation.  Topics: State and Federal Historic Preservation laws, Human Burial Sites Preservation law, Local Unit of Government Landmarks, Preservation Planning, Managing Your Historic Preservation Ordinance  Request This Speaker


Buechel-Mark

Mark Buechel is an architect in the Wisconsin Historical Society's Historic Preservation division. He gives a number of presentations on preserving the built environment, including "Best Practices for Historic Building Repairs," "The 10 Worst Things You Can Do to a Historic Building," "Secretary of the Interior's Standards," "How to Sell Preservation to Non-Specialists," "The Economics of Historic Preservation," and "The History of Preservation Law."  Request This Speaker




Portrait of Marcia C. Carmichael.

Marcia C. Carmichael, author of Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin's Early Settlers, is the historical gardener at the 576-acre Old World Wisconsin, the largest of the Wisconsin Historical Society's living history museums, where she exercises her passion for historical accuracy and enjoys the research as much as the design, creation, and nurturing of the museum's heritage gardens. She also leads tours of the site's gardens on weekends.  Topic: Gardening  Request This Speaker


Caya-Slusser

Susan Caya-Slusser is director of Villa Louis, the Wisconsin Historical Society's living history museum in Prairie du Chien. Her public talks include "Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen," "Growing Up Victorian," "Territories and Treaties," and "The Victorian Home."  Request This Speaker

 

 


Portrait of Shelia Cohen.

Sheila Cohen, author of Society Press Badger Biographies on Gaylord Nelson: Champion for our Earth and Mai Ya's Long Journey, is a former English as a Second Language teacher. She served on the Board of Directors of the United Refugee Services of Wisconsin and works as a freelance writer.  Topics: Environment and Nature, Immigration (Hmong)  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Carl Corey.

Carl Corey, author and photographer of For Love and Money: Portraits of Wisconsin Family Businesses and Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars, worked as an advertising still photographer and now works as a documentary photographer. His work is exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, as well in numerous private and public collections. He has won more than 100 photography awards from such groups and publications as the New York Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, Bessies, Addys, and Gold Lions.  Topics: Wisconsin Culture, Photography  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Kathe Crowley Conn.

Kathe Crowley Conn, author of Juliette Kinzie: Frontier Storyteller, has worked in education, public programming, institutional management, and philanthropy for 30 years. Her interest in the history and ecology of the Midwest began during a childhood spent roaming the lakeshore and open fields near Chicago and became a hallmark of her term as president and executive director of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Madison. She founded Nature Net: the Environmental Learning Network to foster a love of the land and the thrill of discovery in children throughout the state. She resides in rural Rock County with her family.  Topics: Wisconsin People, Young Readers  Request This Speaker


Jen Davel

Jen Davel is an architect with the Wisconsin Historical Society's Historic Preservation division. She gives a variety of talks on historic preservation and trains users on the Society's preservation web resources.  Topics: Historic Preservation Tax Credits, The History of Storefronts and Windows, Appropriate Treatments for Historic Buildings, Financial Impact of Tax Credits in Your Community, How to Preserve Your Historic Building  Request This Speaker

 

 


DeRose-Joseph

Joe DeRose has worked as the Society's Survey Historian in the Historic Preservation division since 1990. He speaks on Community Architectural Surveys, the National Register of Historic Places, Tax Credits, How to Research Historic Buildings, Architectural Styles, and Local Historic Preservation Ordinances.  Request This Speaker




Dave Desimone

Dave Desimone is director of Black Point Estate, the Wisconsin Historical Society's historic house museum in Lake Geneva. He talks not only about the history and management of Black Point but also a variety of related subjects.  Topics: Summer Living at Black Point, 1888: the Year in Review, The Great War: Anti-German Hysteria and Conflict on the Home Front, They Can't all be Museums: Historic Preservation in Walworth County through Adaptive Use  Request This Speaker

 


Portrait of Jim Draeger.

Jim Draeger, co-author of Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries and Fill 'er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations, has worked in the field of historic preservation and architecture at the Wisconsin Historical Society for more than 20 years. From roadside architecture to Northwoods resorts, Jim celebrates the importance of ordinary buildings to our daily lives through his research, writing, and lectures. He is the State Historic Preservation Officer at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Coauthor Mark Speltz is no longer available for speaking engagements.  Topics: Architecture, Historic Preservation  Request This Speaker


Driscoll-David

Dave Driscoll is Curator of Economic History at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. He gives presentations on subjects related to manufacturing, agriculture, and labor, as well as on collections care and using objects for teaching and in exhibitions.  Request This Speaker






Emily Duval is curator at Black Point Estate, the Wisconsin Historical Society's historic house museum in Lake Geneva. She gives the presentations "Remarkable Women of Geneva Lake," "Summer Living at Black Point Estate," and "Everything Speaks: Items from the Black Point Collection."  Request This Speaker


Michael Edmonds

Michael Edmonds is Director of Programs and Outreach at the Wisconsin Historical Society and author of several books and articles on Wisconsin history. He is available to speak on the Wisconsin Capitol, odd characters from Wisconsin history, Wisconsin folklore, the WPA Writers Program in Wisconsin, the Society's Civil Rights collections, 1964 Mississippi Summer, and other topics. His books include The Wisconsin Capitol: Stories of a Monument and Its People, Warriors, Saints and Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped WisconsinRisking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader, and Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan.  Topics: Wisconsin Folklore, Civil Rights History, Wisconsin's Capitol  Request This Speaker


Leslie Eisenberg

Leslie Eisenberg is an archaeologist with the State Historic Preservation Office who works with federal agencies to ensure that potential effects to historic properties are minimized or avoided. As the state's only board certified forensic anthropologist and the former program coordinator for the Burial Sites Preservation Program, Leslie provides identification assistance to property owners and law enforcement. She speaks to professional groups about the preservation of burial sites.  Request This Speaker




Portrait of Kathleen Ernst.

Kathleen Ernst, author of A Settler’s Year: Pioneer Life through the Seasons, is the award-winning author of more than 30 mystery, historical fiction, and nonfiction books for adults and young readers. Her latest include "Death on the Prairie," the sixth Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery for adults from Midnight Ink, and "The Smuggler’s Secrets," a Caroline Abbott mystery from American Girl. Kathleen has a master's degree in history education and writing from Antioch University. She spent over a decade as curator of interpretation and collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Old World Wisconsin site. Learn more at www.kathleenernst.com.  Topic: Wisconsin History and People  Request This Speaker

 


Freas, Daniel

Dan Freas is director of Old World Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Historical Society's largest and most popular living history museum. He gives talks about Old World, the management of historic sites, and other topics related to public history.  Request This Speaker






Portrait of Terry Frei.

Terry Frei, author of Third Down and a War to Go, is the son of 1942 Badgers guard Jerry Frei, a decorated WWII P-38 fighter pilot. After his father's death, he set out to learn about the men in the team picture that hung in a place of honor in his father's den. He is a reporter and columnist for ESPN.com and "The Denver Post." He lives in Denver, Colorado.  Topics: Sports and Recreation, War History (World War II)  Request This Speaker


Funk, Tamara

Tamara Funk is Outreach Curator for the Wisconsin Historical Society’s division of Museums and Historic Sites. Based for many years at Pendarvis, the Society's living history museum in Mineral Point, she gives presentations on Cornish immigrants in Wisconsin and the care and management of textiles.  Request This Speaker





Portrait of Jessie Garcia.

Jessie Garcia, author of My Life with the Green & Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting, was one of the first female TV sportscasters in the Midwest. She has covered Wisconsin teams for more than 20 years, including at WISC-TV in Madison and at WTMJ in Milwaukee, where she hosted "The Mike McCarthy Show." She also teaches journalism at Carroll University in Waukesha.  Topic: Sports and Recreation  Request This Speaker


Portrait of John Garofolo.

John Garofolo, author of Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action, is a former entertainment industry executive and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A commander in the US Coast Guard Reserve, he has more than 25 years of active and reserve military service and taught at the Coast Guard Academy. Thanks to a grant from the Brico Fund through the Milwaukee Press Endowment, he has written a stage adaptation of Dickey Chapelle's life. John earned a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and lives with his wife and daughter in Southern California.  Topics: Dickey Chapelle, War History  Request This Speaker


Glasker, Angie

Angie Glasker is an assistant curator at the Wisconsin Historical Museum who specializes in Native American artifacts. She speaks on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and its implementation in Wisconsin.  Request This Speaker




Lee Grady

Lee Grady is a reference archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society. He has spoken on a variety of topics related to the Historical Society's Library and Archives collections, including genealogy, local history, general archival research, maps, military records, state institutions (prisons, asylums, etc.), the Draper Collection, and the McCormick Collection.  Request This Speaker




 Griesemer, Kurt

Kurt Griesemer is the Wisconsin Historical Society's specialist in elementary education. He speaks to teachers about using historical artifacts in the classroom and nurtures critical thinking in kids through his "Hands-On History" program.  Request This Speaker

 


Portrait of John Gurda.

John Gurda, author of Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee's Past, has authored 19 books on the history of Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, industries, and places of worship. A Milwaukee-born writer and historian, he wrote "The Making of Milwaukee," which became an Emmy-winning Milwaukee Public Television documentary series based on the book. He is also a local history columnist for the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel."  Topic: Milwaukee History and Culture  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Richard Carlton Haney.

Richard Carlton Haney, author of 'When is Daddy Coming Home?' An American Family During World War II, is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He earned his Ph.D. in history from UW-Madison and later graduated from West Point's post-doctoral military history program and the Army's National Security Seminar at Carlisle Barracks.  Topic: War History (World War II)  Request This Speaker


Hoelter-Emil

Emil Hoelter is an archivist in the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library, Archives and Museum Collections division. He teaches a workshop called "Archives 101: Processing Archival Collections" and speaks about the papers of Milwaukee Civil Rights leader Vel Phillips, the Society's World War I poster collection, and the use of posters as propaganda during the war.  Request This Speaker

 

 


 Hollander, Michael

Mike Hollander is deputy director of the Wisconsin Historical Museum. He presents "Making History Come Alive," a general overview of the Museum for civic groups.  Request This Speaker

 

 


Huelsbeck, Mary

Mary Huelsbeck is Assistant Director of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. She gives presentations on the Center’s vast collections and on costume designer Edith Head.  Request This Speaker



 


Ingersoll, Laura

Laura Ingersoll is director of annual giving at the Wisconsin Historical Foundation. She talks to local historical societies and professional groups on ways to grow your membership program and overall annual support of your organization.  Request This Speaker




Jacobs, Sally

Sally Jacobs is the archivist for the McCormick/International Harvester papers in the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library, Archives and Museum Collections division. She gives presentations about the collection, which you can learn about here.  Request This Speaker




 


Portrait of Erika Janik.

Erika Janik, author of A Short History of Wisconsin and Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories of Wisconsin's Past, is the producer of the "Wisconsin Life" radio program for Wisconsin Public Radio and has written for "Midwest Living," "MyMidwest," "Wisconsin Trails," "Wisconsin State Journal," "Wisconsin Magazine of History," and "The Onion."  Topics: Wisconsin History and People, Wisconsin Culture  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Ed Janus.

Ed Janus, author of Creating Dairyland: How Caring for Cows Saved Our Soil, Created Our Landscape, Brought Prosperity to Our State, and Still Shapes Our Way of Life in Wisconsin, spent two years as a dairy farmer in Crawford County, Wisconsin, where he fell in love with cows, fields, barns, and farmers. In 2007, he created a series of audio profiles of today's dairy farmers and cheesemakers for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. He also founded the Wisconsin Dairy History Project.  Topic: Agriculture  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Tom Jones.

Tom Jones, coauthor of People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942, is an assistant professor of photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his work may be found in the National Museum of the American Indian and the Chazen Museum of Art. His coauthor Mike Schmudlach is also available for speaking engagements. Schmudlach serves on the Wisconsin Historical Society's Board of Curators and has a lifelong relationship with the Ho-Chunk.  Topics: Native Peoples of Wisconsin, Native American History  Request This Speaker


Jenny Kalvaitis

Jenny Kalvaitis is the Wisconsin Historical Society's specialist in secondary education. She gives presentations about educational programming for teachers and museum professionals.  Request This Speaker




 


Joe Kapler

Joe Kapler is lead curator in the Wisconsin Historical Society's division of Museums and Historic Sites. He gives presentations on folk artist Paul Seifert, the 1948 Wisconsin Centennial murals, the Evergleam aluminum Christmas tree, and the odd and unusual artifacts of Wisconsin history.  Request This Speaker




 


Portrait of Jonathan Kasparek.

Jonathan Kasparek, author of Fighting Son: A Biography of Philip F. La Follette, and co-author of Wisconsin History Highlights: Delving into the Past, served as a researcher and editor for the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Max Kade Institute and the Wisconsin State Capitol Historic Structure Report project. He received his master's degree and Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.  Topics: Wisconsin People, Politics  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Kathleen Schmitt Kline.

Kathleen Schmitt Kline, coauthor of People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish, is an outreach coordinator at the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. She earned a B.A. in biology and English from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and an M.S. in life sciences communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her coauthors Ronald M. Bruch, a Natural Resources Region Team Supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Resources and the lead sturgeon biologist for the Lake Winnebago system, and Frederick P. Binkowski, senior scientist at the Wisconsin Great Lakes WATER Institute and the aquaculture advisory services specialist with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, may also be available to speak on this subject.  Topics: Outdoors, Fishing (Sturgeon)  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Scott Knickelbine.

Scott Knickelbine, author of The Great Peshtigo Fire: Stories and Science from America's Deadliest Firestorm, a book for young readers, has authored more than 30 nonfiction books for young people, including a series on environmental disasters.  Topic: Environment and Nature  Request This Speaker


Kolb,Jennifer, L

Jennifer Kolb is deputy director of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Museums and Historic Sites division. She speaks on the Museum’s anthropology and ethnography collections, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and museum administration.  Request This Speaker




Kraushaar-Andrew

Andy Kraushaar is the Wisconsin Historical Society's curator of visual materials. His presentation, "The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt and Photography," reviews the career of one on the nation's most influential image archivists.  Request This Speaker






Portrait of Avi Lank.

Avi Lank, co-author of The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods, is an essayist for Milwaukee Public Radio and panelist on the "Interchange" public-affairs program on Milwaukee Public Television. For almost 40 years he was an award-winning reporter, columnist, and editor at the "Milwaukee Sentinel" and later the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel." Born in Penn Yan in the Finger Lakes region of western New York State, he grew up in Rochester, New York, and holds degrees from Antioch College and the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University. He lives in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, with his wife, Dannette Lank.  Topics: Science, Wisconsin People  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Michael Leannah.

Michael Leannah, author of Something for Everyone: Memories of Lauerman Brothers Department Store, taught in Milwaukee and Sheboygan public schools and has published children stories in magazines in the United States and Australia. He has also written award-winning radio plays. Leannah grew up in Marinette, Wisconsin, within walking distance of Lauermans Department Store.  Topic: Wisconsin Culture  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Ron Legro

Ron Legro, co-author of The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods, is a freelance writer and former reporter, columnist, and editor for the "Milwaukee Sentinel" daily newspaper. He was editor in chief of "Wisconsin Reports," a weekly public affairs journal covering the state legislature. His freelance articles have appeared in the "Milwaukee Journal Sunday" magazine, "Milwaukee" magazine, "Corporate Report Wisconsin," and other publications. He was a speechwriter for numerous lawmakers and public officials and served as the City of Milwaukee's director of telecommunications. A native of Antigo, Wisconsin, he is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, with his wife, Michele Derus.  Topics: Science, Wisconsin People  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Ann Michler Lewis

Ann Michler Lewis, author of Ship Captain's Daughter: Growing Up on the Great Lakes, grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, where she lived from 1944 to 1967. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and taught English at Duluth East High School, her alma mater. Since 1972, she has lived with her family in Saint Paul, Minnesota, making periodic pilgrimages back "home" to Lake Superior. She has privately published a book of poems and sailing stories called "My Duluth," now out of print.  Topic: Maritime History  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Patty Loew, Ph.D..

Patty Loew, Ph.D., author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal, 2nd EditionSeventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin, and Native People of Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded Edition, is an assistant professor in the Department of Life Science Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a producer for WHA-TV (PBS), a co-host of "In Wisconsin" on Wisconsin Public Television, and is an award-winning documentary producer. Loew is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.  Topics: Native Peoples of Wisconsin, Native American History  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Marnie Mamminga.

Marnie Mamminga, author of Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts (also available as an audio book) is a freelance writer and columnist who has vacationed every summer of her life on Big Spider Lake near Hayward, Wisconsin. Born and raised in the Chicago area, she earned a master's degree in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has published articles in the "Chicago Tribune," "Reader's Digest," "Christian Science Monitor," "Lake Superior Magazine," and "Chicken Soup for the Soul." She lives near Chicago, Illinois.  Topic: Sports and Recreation  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Bill Matthias.

Bill Matthias, author of Monster Fire at Minong, studied forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and became the superintendent of Northwood School District in Minong in 1975. He is a charter member of the Wascott Volunteer Fire Department.  Topic: Forest Management  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Dennis McCann.

Dennis McCann, author of This Superior Place: Stories of Bayfield and the Apostle Islands and Badger Boneyards: The Eternal Rest of the Story, is a freelance writer based in Bayfield, Wisconsin. A University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism graduate, he joined the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" in 1983 as farm writer and state rover. He is now a freelance writer.  Topics: Wisconsin History and People, Wisconsin Culture  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Ron McCrea.

Ron McCrea, author of Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss, is a prize-winning journalist and former Alicia Patterson Fellow who worked on the news desks of "New York Newsday," "San Jose Mercury News," "Washington Post," "Washington Star," "Boston Globe," and "Capital Times" in Madison, Wisconsin, where he served for a decade as city editor. He appears in the E! Entertainment Network's documentary "Mysteries and Scandals: Frank Lloyd Wright" and the BBC's "Frank Lloyd Wright: Murder, Myth and Modernism," and wrote the script for "The Making of Monona Terrace: Frank Lloyd Wright's Last Public Building." He was the communications director for Wisconsin Governor Tony Earl.  Topics: Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Susan Mikos.

Susan Mikos, author of Poles in Wisconsin, one in the Society Press's People of Wisconsin Series, is a historic preservation consultant and has been active in several Polish cultural organizations, including the Polish Center of Wisconsin and Polanki, the Polish Women's Cultural Club of Milwaukee.  Topic: Immigration (Poles)  Request This Speaker


Mullen, Kathleen

Katie Mullen is Preservation Supervisor in the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library, Archives and Museum Collections division. She gives technical presentations for peers and a talk for the general public called "Preserving Family Treasures."  Request This Speaker





Munson-Simone

Simone Munson is a reference archivist in the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library, Archives and Museum Collections division. She provides bibliographic instruction to classes using unpublished records and speaks to other groups about researching a wide variety of historical topics.  Request This Speaker




Portrait of James K. Nelsen.

James K. Nelsen, author of Educating Milwaukee: How One City's History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools, has a Ph.D. 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.  Topics: Education  Request This Speaker


Penkiunas-Daina

Daina Penkiunas is the Wisconsin Historical Society's Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. She gives a variety of presentations on architectural history.  Topics: Post-War American architecture, National Register of Historic Places, Architectural Styles, Milwaukee Soldiers Home, Church Architecture, The University Hill Farms Development in Madison, The Planned Community of Greendale in Milwaukee County  Request This Speaker

 


Portrait of William Povletich.

William Povletich, author of Green Bay Packers: Trials, Triumphs and Tradition and Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak, is an award-winning television producer and producer of Milwaukee Public Television's documentary A Braves New World. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, he has written about the Milwaukee Braves, the Packers, Surfing in Wisconsin, and Liberace for the "Wisconsin Magazine of History" and is the 2009 recipient of the William Best Hesseltine Award. He lives in Los Angeles, California.  Topics: Sports and Recreation, Wisconsin People  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Matthew J. Prigge.

Matthew J. Prigge, author of Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City’s First Century, is a freelance author and historian from Milwaukee and the host of "What Made Milwaukee Famous," a weekly local history segment on WMSE 91.7. His work has been featured in both local and national publications and has won multiple awards, including the 2013 William Best Hesseltine Award from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Since 2011, he has led sightseeing historical tours of Milwaukee's rivers and harbor for the Milwaukee Boat Line. In 2013, he created the Mondo Milwaukee Boat Tour, an evening historical tour of some of the city's most infamous sights. He writes a history blog for Milwaukee's "Shepherd Express" and has also authored several articles for the "Wisconsin Magazine of History."  Topics: Culture, Milwaukee History and People, Crime  Request This Speaker


Randi Ramsden Portrait

Randi Ramsden is the Wisconsin Historical Society's National Digital Newspaper Program coordinator. She presents talks on the history of German-language newspapers in Wisconsin. She also teaches workshops on how to use Chronicling America as a resource and on how to utilize data analytics for research in the humanities.  Request This Speaker


Michael Rehberg

Michael Rehberg is lead interpreter at Black Point Estate, the Wisconsin Historical Society's historic house museum in Lake Geneva. He gives presentations called "Beer Barons on Geneva Lake and Their Milwaukee Neighborhoods," "Pull up a Chair... Let's Take a Walk Through Lake Geneva," and "The Golden Era of Steam Yachting: Geneva Lake and its Sailors."  Request This Speaker



Portrait of Karyn Saemann.

Karyn Saemann, author of Electa Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher, a biography for young readers in the Society Press's Badger Biographies Series, is a former newspaper reporter and editor who works as a freelance writer and reviewer.  Topics: Native American History, Wisconsin People, Young Readers  Request This Speaker


Portrait of Craig Schreiner.

Craig Schreiner, author and photographer of One Small Farm: Photographs of a Wisconsin Way of Life, grew up on a farm in rural northwestern Illinois. He began photographing the Lamberty farm and family while working as a "Wisconsin State Journal" staff photographer. He now works as a photographer in the marketing and media relations office at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and teaches photojournalism at Madison Area Technical College in Madison.  Topics: Agriculture, Photography  Request This Speaker


Schumacher, Kaitlyn

Katie Schumacher is the special events coordinator at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. She gives talks for museum professionals on volunteer and event management.  Request This Speaker





Janet Seymour

Janet Seymour has been the Wisconsin Historical Society's local history consultant for the northern region of the state for more than a decade. She gives professional talks on the management of small museums, collections care, and related subjects.  Topics: Applying for a Wisconsin Historical Society Mini-Grant, The Wisconsin Historical Society Affiliate Program, Creating Outreach and Educational Programs  Request This Speaker

 


Sloper, Amy

Amy Sloper is a film archivist with the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, one of the world's major archives of research materials relating to the entertainment industry. She gives talks about the Center's collections and film history.  Request This Speaker


 


Portrait of Lee Somerville.

Lee Somerville, author of Vintage Wisconsin Gardens: A History of Home Gardening, is a landscape historian and master gardener. Originally from Liverpool, England, her home for the past 35 years has been northeastern Wisconsin. Between 1985 and 2001, Somerville was a volunteer at Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Green Bay, where she helped develop garden and landscape plans and organized volunteers to maintain those gardens. She earned a master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The research she completed for her thesis on 19th-century Wisconsin garden history served as the basis for this book.  Topic: Gardening  Request This Speaker

 


Portrait of Stuart Stotts.

Stuart Stotts, author of Father Groppi: Marching for Civil RightsLuis Fairchild: Civil War Hero, and Curly Lambeau: Building the Green Bay Packers, all books for young readers in the Society Press's Badger Biographies Series, is a songwriter, storyteller, and author. He performs throughout the Midwest.  Topics: Wisconsin People, Young Readers  Request This Speaker

 


Thomsen-Tamara

Tamara Thomsen is a maritime archaeologist in the Wisconsin Historical Society's Historic Preservation division. She gives presentations about shipwrecks and underwater archaeology.  Topics: National Marine Sanctuary, Apostle Islands, Marine Archaeology, The Shipwreck Lakeland, The Rouse Simmons, Wisconsin Maritime History  Request This Speaker


 


Veregin,Margaret Ann

Peggy Veregin is coordinator of the National Register of Historic Places in the Wisconsin Historical Society's division of Historic Preservation. She speaks on the National Register and on the history of building interiors to professional groups.  Request This Speaker


 


Portrait of Ken and Barb Wardius.

Ken and Barb Wardius, coauthors of Wisconsin Lighthouses: A Photographic and Historical Guide, Revised Edition, travel nationally as sought-after lighthouse lecturers and belong to many organizations dedicated to lighthouse preservation.  Topics: Architecture, Historic Preservation  Request This Speaker


Willaert,James P

James Willaert is a curator at Wade House, the Wisconsin Historical Society's living history museum in Greenbush (near Sheboygan). He gives talks about the history of transportation in Wisconsin.  Request This Speaker



 


Portrait of Robert Willging.

Robert Willging, author of On the Hunt: The History of Deer Hunting in Wisconsin and History Afield: Stories from the Golden Age of Wisconsin Sporting Life, is a freelance outdoors writer whose work has appeared in such publications as "Boundary Waters Journal," "Deer and Deer Hunting," "High Country News," "Wisconsin Natural Resources," and "Wisconsin Outdoor News." A wildlife biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he is an ardent sportsman.  Topics: Outdoors, Hunting  Request This Speaker


Wyatt-Amy

Amy Wyatt is a historic preservation specialist with the Wisconsin Historical Society. She speaks about the care and promotion of historic properties, especially on the web.  Request This Speaker




 


Zant,Caitlin N

Caitlin Zant is a maritime archaeologist in the Wisconsin Historical Society's Historic Preservation division. She gives presentations about shipwrecks and underwater archaeology.  Topics: National Marine Sanctuary, Apostle Islands, Marine Archaeology, The shipwreck Lakeland, The Rouse Simmons, Wisconsin Maritime history  Request This Speaker

 


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