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Birchbark Canoe

As a young boy, Wayne Valliere’s grandmother said to him, “Your grandfathers are written throughout history. I challenge you and your brothers to think, what will your grandchildren say about you someday?”  That inspired Valliere to pass on his Native American culture to young people in his community.  One of the ways he does that is by teaching them how to craft traditional birchbark canoes.

Interested in learning more? Follow this link to a blog about Wayne Valliere’s work on the birch bark canoe.

 

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Tall Ship Sailing Into Great Lakes History 

This weekend, maritime enthusiasts will gather in Green Bay for the Tall Ship Festival. Producer Aubrey Ralph spent the day on Wisconsin’s Official Flagship, the schooner Denis Sullivan, to relive the age of sail on the Great Lakes.  

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A Cider Revival in Wisconsin

America’s first drink has been enjoying a renaissance in recent years. More artisans are making and more people are drinking hard apple cider. On a windy fall day, Deirdre Birmingham takes us on a walk through her cider orchard near Blanchardville.

Photo: Erika Janik

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Milwaukee Meets the Beatles

On September 4, 1964, the Beatles played their only show in Wisconsin. Writer Dean Robbins tells us about the madness that greeted them on their first American tour.

Dean Robbins is the editor of Madison’s alternative weekly, Isthmus.

Photo: Beatles.com

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A supper club for all seasons. Photos from Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience by Ron Faiola. Hear the story. 

All photos copyright Agate Publishing/Ron Faiola

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Yodeling in Wisconsin

The residents of New Glarus will celebrate Swiss Independence Day this weekend with a full roster of entertainment, including yodeling. You may think of yodeling as a quaint and dying art, but writer Bart Plantenga begs to differ. 

Bart Plantenga is the author of Yodel in Hi-Fi and Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodeling around the World.

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Inside Wisconsin’s Supper Club Tradition

It’s Friday and many of us will find ourselves in that most Wisconsin of dining institutions this weekend – the supper club. Writer and filmmaker Ron Faiola shares the history behind the traditional supper club.

Ron Faiola directed the film and wrote the book, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience

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Lovers Write about the Battle of Gettysburg

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, an event many believe was a turning point of the Civil War.Colonel Rufus Dawes of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry celebrated his 25th birthday during the battle. On July 4, 1863, Dawes and his fiance Mary Gates wrote to each other about the day.

Peter Sobol and Jo Stoffel read the parts of Dawes and Gates.

Read the original letters

Photo: Wisconsin Historical Images

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Powwow Trail:

Contemporary powwows provide communities a chance to gather and celebrate. Each of Wisconsin’s 11 federally recognized American Indian Nations hosts powwows.  College student Dylan Jennings from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sings, dances, and travels with the drum group Midnight Express. He shares his story.

Produced by Finn Ryan of the Wisconsin Media Lab for The Ways.

 

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The Bubbler:

Wisconsin has its share of regional English – words unique to our state. Joan Hall, chief editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English, shares the story behind one notable and it seems divisive Wisconsin word.

Elizabeth Delaquess produced this story.

Photo bartmaguire

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