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Summer Potpourri III

Odd and Unusual Artifacts
We all possess an innate sense of curiosity which draws us to want to know more about the things we see around us, especially when they are unusual or unexpected. This has proven quite true for museum exhibitions. In a richly illustrated presentation, Wisconsin Historial Society curator Joe Kapler shares some of the oddest, unusual and compelling items from the Society’s collections, the stories behind them and how they connect to larger historical events and themes. By starting the exploration with singular things and then delving deeper and wider into the context, history is made more accessible for scholars and enthusiasts alike. Presenter: Joseph Kapler

Wisconsin’s Circus History
Few states compare with Wisconsin when it comes to circus heritage. Over 100 shows emanated from within its borders. Antigo, Wonewoc, Sparta, Racine and Janesville were all hometowns of a circus. Some circuses lasted only a few weeks while others, like the Ringling Brothers, grew to be the standard-bearers of the industry. Hear Pete Shrake, archivist at Circus World Museum, explore this amazing and magnificent part of our state’s heritage. Presenter: Peter Shrake

Milwaukee’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture
Discover Wisconsin’s mid-century modern architecture. This talk explores the residential work of Milwaukee architects Jordan Miller, Donald Grieb, Abe Tannenbaum, William Wenzler, John Randal McDonald, Abe Tannenbaum, Russell Barr Williamson, Fritz Von Grossman, Howard Schroeder, Willis & Lillian Leenhouts and others. While the content is focused on Milwaukee’s North Shore communities, it includes notable examples throughout the state from Wausau to Madison, Green Bay to Kenosha. Presenter: Matthew Amman


Matthew Amman

Matthew Amman lives in a mid-century modern house designed by Milwaukee architect Donald Grieb in Fox Point, WI. Each year he organizes a gathering for Milwaukee’s North Shore Mid-century Modern Homeowners. In his spare time, he is working on a ... read more

Peter Shrake

Peter Shrake is a member of the Wisconsin Historical Society staff, the archivist at the Robert L. Parkinson Library at Circus World and the author of the book “The Silver Man: The Life and Times of Indian Agent John Kinzie,” ... read more

Joseph Kapler

Joe Kapler received a BA from Loras College (Iowa), an MA in American history from Marquette University, and an MA in museum studies from Eastern Illinois University. Joe interned in several states, spent three years at the Public Museum of ... read more

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