Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past [NOOK Book]

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While Bob La Follette's exploits as leader of progressive politics are legendary, his early morning exertions to save valuable government documents and executive department paintings during the disastrous 1904 capitol fire are largely unknown - until now. Odd Wisconsin captures the Wisconsin people, places, and events that didn't make it into conventional state histories, lowering a bucket into the depths of Wisconsin history and bringing to ...
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Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past

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Overview

While Bob La Follette's exploits as leader of progressive politics are legendary, his early morning exertions to save valuable government documents and executive department paintings during the disastrous 1904 capitol fire are largely unknown - until now. Odd Wisconsin captures the Wisconsin people, places, and events that didn't make it into conventional state histories, lowering a bucket into the depths of Wisconsin history and bringing to light curious fragments of forgotten lives.

This unique book unearths the stories that got lost to history even though they may have made local headlines at the time. No mythical hodags or eight-legged horses here! Odd Wisconsin features strange but true stories from Wisconsin's past, every one of which was documented (albeit by the standards of the day). These brief glimpses into Wisconsin's past will surprise, perplex, astonish, and otherwise connect readers with the state's fascinating history. From "the voyageur with a hole in his side" to "pigs beneath the legislature," Odd Wisconsin gathers 300 years of curiosities, all under the radar of traditional stories.
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Author Erika Janik didn't grow up in Wisconsin, but you'd never know it from her writing resume. In addition to numerous articles on the state's history for the Wisconsin Historical Society online collection, she coordinated the Society's superb digital "Turning Points in Wisconsin History" and has written numerous articles for Wisconsin Trails, On Wisconsin, Isthmus, and the Wisconsin State Journal. In Odd Wisconsin, she unfurls decades of meticulous research as she recounts Badger State accomplishments, disasters, and anomalies that will surprise even lifelong residents.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015030075
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Publication date: 7/27/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Erika Janik grew up in Redmond, Washington, but now knows more about Wisconsin history than she ever thought possible. Currently a Madison resident, she has master's degrees in American history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the author of A Short History of Wisconsin, also published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Her work has appeared in Midwest Living, MyMidwest, Wisconsin Trails, the Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin Magazine of History, and The Onion.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction
Odd Lives & Strange Deaths     1
Curiosities     31
Animal Antics     71
Political [Im]Ponderables     85
Palatable Peculiarities     121
Spiritual Encounters     149
Index     184
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