April 13, 2012


Guest: Michael Edmonds, Librarian/Archivist, Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society is a world-renowned resource on almost anything you wish to research including The Civil War and other historical events. Michael Edmonds describes himself as a digital librarian and has led teams that mounted more than a million pages from Society collections yo the Web so researchers don't have to travel to Madison to use them. One such project was archiving The Civil War on the web.

The Civil War digital collection was published last year to help Wisconsin residents observe the 150th anniversary of the war. It contains more than 20,000 pages of original eyewitness accounts, such as letters, diaries, newspaper articles, memoirs, maps and historical images by Wisconsin soldiers, as well as about 200 short background essays to help them understand and appreciate the original documents.

On this program, Michael Edmonds brings to life the real stories of The Civil War as described in the words of those who were there. And he helps us delve further into this critical period in American history. How should we go about looking back on The Civil War? What do we know about Wisconsin's involvement and how it impacted our state? Supposedly, we are to learn from history. From the resources available to us, what can The Civil War teach us? Listen to this program for some of the answers.

And for more information on this and other historical events, go to wisconsinhistory.org. Click on Library/Archives.

Also on this program: Scott Haumersen shares details on TRI-QUEST presented by the Rotary Club of Madison. On May 20th at The Legend at Bergamount in Oregon, the pubic is invited to participate as individuals or teams in a unique run, bike and golf event to benefit low-income Dane County youth through the Madison Rotary Foundation Synergy Scholarship.

For more information, go to rotarytri-quest.org or call 608-255-9164.