(WFRV) – Northeast Wisconsin, like many communities across the U.S., became host to protests following the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. And while the Black Lives Matter protests have been front and center across the nation in 2020, Northeast Wisconsin is not unfamiliar with demonstrations that have marked key turning points in its local history. UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center helped with the story.
A documentary made by a pair of Green Bay Southwest High School sophomores has been selected as one of just 35 films being featured in a Smithsonian Documentary Showcase. The documentary started as an optional project offered by AP U.S. History teacher Jason Krings.
“Students can either compose a term paper or they can join an extracurricular activity called National History Day. Every year we have about 30 students who choose to do a historical project,” Krings tells WTAQ News, “They go to UW-Green Bay and they actually do archival research with primary sources pulled up from the Madison State Historical Society. Then they can create websites, documentaries, performances, exhibits.”
We invite you to share your voice and help UW-Green Bay Archives capture the stories of the Coronavirus epidemic for the future. Submit your story here.
A project for all ages, all walks of life, all experiences.
The world is collectively experiencing unprecedented times with the fast progression of the coronavirus. Time seems to be moving differently. Hours feel like days, while days can feel like weeks with the everchanging nature of the virus. Therefore, it can be important, not just for now, but for decades later, for individuals to consider documenting their experiences during this time. This sparked the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center to create Community Voices: Stories for the Archives. This is a program in which people are invited to share their stories during this time with the Archives, and for perpetuity.
Personnel in the Archives have created a brief series of questions meant to serve as journal prompts. Some of the questions touch upon how daily life has changed, what precautions are being taken, what is helping people cope and what emotions are being felt. Individuals can answer as many or as few of the questions as they like. Individuals can also remain anonymous and respond more than once as their circumstances change. Share your story, here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deb Anderson, coordinator of the Archives and Area Research Center, said the community voices shared so far are telling poignant stories about health concerns, job security as well as humorous accounts of everyone working and schooling from home.
Everyone, including members of the public, are welcome to fill out this survey. Educators of all levels are encouraged to use this with their classes. Parents can also fill it out with their children. Young people often may not get a chance to have a voice in historical records, so this is a great opportunity to do so! Looking ahead to when these times are taught in schools across the world, your voice can be one that is remembered.
Anderson noted that often times, personal experiences, feelings and thoughts are left out of official historical records. “Rather than wait for the historical record to come to the Archives, we want to be part of creating the historical record by saving the stories,” said Anderson. “Our innovative approach to gathering the stories of individuals during this unheard of time in our world will enrich how we can understand this moment in history.”
Regardless if individuals participate in Community Voices, the Archives personnel encourage people to keep diaries and journals, take photos, draw illustrations of your experiences, write letters to yourself, make a family movie or save your blog posts. Create items that can last into the future. Maybe later, you can consider donating a copy to the Archives. One UW-Green Bay student teacher has already planned to donate her students’ journals to Archives at the end of the school year.
To learn more about donating items to the Archives, please contact Deb Anderson at email@example.com.
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Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will welcome more than 250 students when it plays host to the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition on Saturday, March 7, 2020. It’s the 18th consecutive year the event has been held on the Green Bay Campus.
The 250 students, represent 18 schools from throughout the region, with a total of just more than 160 unique projects. Students hail from public and private schools from Brown, Manitowoc, Oconto, Outagamie, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties.
In keeping with this year’s theme of “Breaking Barriers in History,” some project topics include the Stonewall Riots, Muhammad Ali, California Gold Rush, Moon Landing, Nintendo, Civil Rights, artificial hearts, Genghis Khan, Vietnam War protests, Nellie Bly, women’s fashion and the Transcontinental Railroad.
Several of this year’s entries have a tie to northeastern Wisconsin, including projects about Houdini, William Hoy (hearing impaired Oshkosh baseball player credited with developing hand signals used by umpires) and “Walleye Wars.” Some students focused on topics by using the letters and diaries of their grandfathers to tell a personal story connected to history.
“We are proud to have UW-Green Bay serve as host for this exciting academic competition,” said UW-Green Bay’s Deb Anderson, coordinator for the Northeastern Wisconsin region. “National History Day provides students of all abilities and interests an opportunity to learn about a topic of their choosing and present it in a creative way. I am impressed by the depth and range demonstrated by the students in their topic selection, research and final projects.”
For most students, the projects are the result of months of research. Nearly 400 students visited the UW-Green Bay campus to conduct research at the UW-Green Bay Archives and Library. During research field trips, students often are awed by the historical materials they are able to hold in their hands. “We are excited to be part of creating a strong passion for history,” Anderson commented. “It is especially fun to hear the students label it as their ‘best day ever’ or to jump with excitement about a research discovery.”
Students can enter the National History Day competition in a variety of categories, including historical papers, exhibit displays, documentaries, performances and websites. They are required to use primary sources for projects, which often include interviews with individuals who have lived history.
In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on over 100 volunteers, including UW-Green Bay students, faculty, alumni and community members. “The dedicated volunteers truly embrace the phrase ‘it takes a village.’” Anderson said.
The 2020 Northeastern National History Day competition will be held in the University Union and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public. The all-day event has judging taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the Weidner Center for Performing Arts at 3:30 p.m.
Winners from the regional competition will move on to the April 18, 2020 state contest, and may have the opportunity to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June. On an annual basis, National History Day serves more than 600,000 students in all the U.S. states and territories.
For more information, contact Deb Anderson at UW Green Bay Archives at (920) 465-2539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By popular demand, the upcoming event, “Green Bay’s Underground Railroad History,” has moved to a larger location— Phoenix C, University Union. The presentation is the first in a series launched by UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center, and is in conjunction with Black History Month. The free program is Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. It is open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/326862398471573/. More here.
Note: because of the popularity of this event, it will be moved to Phoenix C, University Union, Green Bay Campus.
Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center is launching a new series: “Stories from the Archives.” The Archives provides research assistance to scholars on a wide variety of topics and is witness to many projects that stem from its vast array of historical collections. The series will provide an opportunity to share with the public, these profound research efforts and projects.
In conjunction with Black History Month, the first program in the series is Green Bay’s Underground Railroad History. The free program will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Phoenix C, University Union. It is open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/326862398471573/.
Following its founding in 1835, Green Bay’s First Presbyterian Church (today’s Union Congregational Church) served as a station on the Underground Railroad. As church historian Ethel Cady put it in 1955, “from the first” the church had an “anti-slavery stand” which was reflected in the abolitionism of its first three ministers, and some members of the congregation. On three separate occasions in the mid-nineteenth century, First Presbyterian Church sheltered freedom seekers making their way from enslavement to freedom.
Through archival research, Victoria Tashjian uncovered the rich history of local efforts regarding the Underground Railroad. This program will describe First Presbyterian Church’s participation in the Underground Railroad as well as Tashjian’s research experience which culminated in the site being designated for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The Underground Railroad activities of Native American residents of Stockbridge and Stantonville (today Chilton), will also be discussed briefly.
Tashjian is a professor of history at St. Norbert College. She is the co-author of I Will Not Eat Stone: A Women’s History of Colonial Asante, along with other books and articles. In recent years, she has been researching the history of African Americans living in Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox River Valley in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The results of her research have appeared in Voyageur Magazine: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review and the Wisconsin Magazine of History, as well as on Wisconsin Public Radio.
For more information about the program, contact Archivist Deb Anderson, email@example.com at 920-465-2539.
Photo used by permission from the Wisconsin Historical Society, Image ID: 31586 of the First Presbyterian Church (now Union Congregational Church), corner of Adams and Crooks Streets, Green Bay. The Church was a site of Underground Railroad activities in Green Bay.
Author Thomas Davis released a new book after spending time researching at the Door County Library’s archives in Sturgeon Bay, the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center, the archives in Madison and the Washington Island Archives. See more via Thomas Davis Releases ‘In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams’ – Door County Pulse.
Calling fans of the green and gold! UW-Green Bay students are seeking Green Bay Packers fans to interview and record experiences about game memories, family traditions, tailgating, divided households and how they celebrate the Green Bay Packers in their daily lives. This semester, students in Digital and Public Humanities courses taught by UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman (History) and Brent Hensel, the curator for the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, are working on projects focused on the history of the Green Bay Packers. One of the projects involves sharing the stories of Green Bay Packers fans through oral history interviews. Deb Anderson, campus archivist, is working with the class to collect the stories and preserve them in the UW-Green Bay oral history collection.
“Books and films tell the story of the players, coaches, teams and games of the Green Bay Packers,” noted Anderson. “Little is written about the unique experience of being a super-fan, and we want to change that by capturing the voices of fans.”
Nominate a faculty/staff friend, or if you are willing to participate in the next few weeks in a brief interview of approximately 30 to 45 minutes, please contact Deb Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fifty years ago UW-Green Bay held its first classes on the new Shorewood campus. Plans had been underway since 1965 when the new campus was authorized. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in March 1968 and, the first Chancellor, Ed Weidner, set an ambitious goal to have classes begin in fall 1969. University Archives and Area Research Center has photos.