Odd Wisconsin: True Tales and Folklore from the Badger State (with Michael Edmonds)

Join us for an illustrated talk on “Odd Wisconsin: True Tales and Folklore from the Badger State" by author Michael Edmonds. He’ll share sketches of some of the strange people who lived here before us and tell authentic stories about folk characters like the lumberjack hero Paul Bunyan. Along the way he'll explain why the Wisconsin Historical Society wanted to publish brief lives of obscure eccentrics and discuss how researching and sharing history has turned upside-down in recent years.

Author Michael Edmonds (website here) recently retired from the Wisconsin Historical Society, where he was Director of Programs and Outreach and led the teams that digitized thousands of rare books and manuscripts for sharing on the Web. His work has won national awards from the American Association for State and Local History, the American Library Association, and the American Folklore Society. In addition to his day job, he has also taught at the UW's graduate School of Library and Information Studies since 1986. He is the author or editor of six books, including Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America.

This program is sponsored by a grant from the Beyond the Page Foundation.