Selected Articles and Essays

“The Wisconsin Capitol: Stories of a Monument and Its People” [excerpt from chapter one ]. Wisconsin Magazine of History (Fall 2017): 24-27. Free Online Access

“Three Degrees of Separation: Wisconsin’s Environmental Legacy.” Wisconsin Magazine of History (Summer 2017): 10-15. Free online access

“Father Louis Nicolas and the Natural History of Wisconsin.” Wisconsin Magazine of History vol. 99, no. 1 (Autumn 2015): 28-41. Free online access

Introduction to Blue Men and River Monsters: Folklore of the North, by John Zimm (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2015). Publisher’s Page   Amazon 

“Images from Freedom Summer” (with Stephen Haller, Univ. of Southern Mississippi). The Southern Quarterly vol. 52 no. 1 (Fall 2014): 51-63. Online access through Project Muse

“Bold, Not to Say Crazy: Collecting Civil Rights Manuscripts during the 1960s.” Wisconsin Magazine of History. Volume 97, number 4, spring 2014: 2-15. Limited edition of 750 copies separately printed April 2014 in slightly different form. Free online access

“Louis Choris and the Romanzoff Expedition.” Tribal Art no. 68 (Summer 2013): 132-139.
Not available online.

“The Roots of Wisconsin Genealogy.” Wisconsin Magazine of History. Volume 96, number 3, spring 2013: 38-49. Free online access

Foreword to This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home, by John Zimm (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012).  Publisher’s Page   Amazon

“The Federal Writers’ Project in Wisconsin, 1935-1942.” Wisconsin Magazine of History. Volume 94, number 3, spring 2011: 42-53. Free online access 

“More Groovy Than Woodstock: The Sound Storm Festival of April 1970.” Wisconsin Magazine of History. Volume 93, number 3, spring 2010: 28-41. Free online access   Wisconsin Public Radio version

“On the Trail of Paul Bunyan.” Wisconsin Magazine of History: Volume 91, number 4, summer 2008: 2-15. Free online access 

“Odd Wisconsin.” Syndicated newspaper column seen by more than 100,000 people every Wednesday, 2006-2016, in the Wisconsin State Journal and other newspapers. Its 500 brief essays shared stories about little-known people and events from Wisconsin’s past, especially those with a slightly bizarre or unusual twist. The column spawned a 2008 anthology by Erika Janik and a 2008-2010 exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. Free online access to most of these sketches is currently maintained by Wisconsin Newspapers Inc. here

“The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Written Records” in The Historical Ecology Handbook, ed. by Dave Egan and Evelyn Howell (Washington, DC: Island Press, 2001). Not available online.

“Flights of Fancy: Birds and People in the Old Northwest.” Wisconsin Magazine of History.  vol. 83, no. 3 (spring, 2000): 154-179. Free online access 

“150 Years of the State Historical Society Library” in A Wisconsin Fifteen, ed. by Kevin Graffagnino (Madison: SHSW, 1998). Not available online.

“Historical Society Libraries.” Wiegand, Wayne A., and Donald G. Davis. Encyclopedia of Library History. (New York : Garland Pub., 1994). Not available online.

“The U.S. General Land Office and Commercial Map Making: A Case Study.” Government Publications Review. Vol. 13 Issue 5, 1986: 571-580. Not available online

“Increase A. Lapham and the Mapping of Wisconsin.” Wisconsin Magazine of History. Volume 68, number 3, spring, 1985: 162-187. Free online access