Actor Tony Shahloub gets a history lesson with help from University Archives

Next week award-winning actor and Green Bay native Tony Shalhoub will receive a family history lesson, from Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the nationally broadcast program, “Finding Your Roots.” The feature airs at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 on PBS. Celebrities on this popular genealogy show learn for the first time about powerful and personal stories of their ancestors.

This time there is a UW-Green Bay tie.

Deb Anderson, UW-Green Bay archivist, was contacted in 2019 to help with a research question and provide copies of original documents on the Shalhoub and Seroogy families. At first this seemed like a run-of-the-mill request for the Archives team. Anderson, a fan of the program, quickly connected that the researcher was actually a member of the production team for the PBS show.

For an archives department, Anderson explained, “this is the holy grail for those who help families with their family history! Helping with research discoveries for ‘Finding Your Roots’ is akin to feelings you might have when meeting a favorite celebrity…or a Green Bay Packers player!”

Anderson explained it was definitely hard to keep the research a secret as required by the show.

Tony Shalhoub’s family tree includes a branch connecting with another well-known Northest Wisconsin family, the Seroogys, of international candy-making fame. Shalhoub’s mother was Helen Seroogy.

The UW-Green Bay Archives provided documents about the family’s immigrant ancestor, Rokus Seroogy, including his 1894 citizenship papers in which he gave up allegiance to the Sultan of Turkey. Other original materials drawn from the holdings of UW-Green Bay’s Archives Department included land records, maps of the family home, probate records, and court case files.

In a recent newspaper interview for the upcoming episode, Shalhoub was surprised by how much he didn’t know about his ancestors. “It is incredibly humbling,” he said in the interview. “It really brings into sharp focus this sort of idea of the randomness of how I and my siblings ended up in the lives that we are in. Certain things have to occur and some tragic things have to occur for me to get to where I am.”

Despite rumors over the years, Shalhoub is not a UW-Green Bay alumnus. The closest the University can come to claiming a tie to the multi-Emmy Award winning actor was that he starred in the

University’s 1973 production of “Captain Jack’s Revenge” when he was a high school senior. More about that production and the late Jack Frisch’s recollection of him, can be found in a this previous post. Said Frisch of the teenager who stepped up to join a college and community cast, “I don’t recall whether I tried to convince him to stay around. I might have. And I should have. But I sure knew I felt it.”

This isn’t the first time the UW-Green Bay Archives team has helped with national television.  Previously, research and materials from the Archives Department were seen on the Ken Burns documentary, “The Vietnam War” and C-Span’s Cities Tour program series.

Declaration of Intention, Rokus Seroogy
Declaration of Intention, Rokus Seroogy

 

 

 

‘I Knew This Had to Be It’: Wisconsin man reflects on finding Curly Lambeau’s home

A trip to the Brown County Register of Deed’s office led them to the City of Green Bay archives, which led them to Brown County Library records, which led them to the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center, and then the County Assessor’s Office. Eventually, local business man discovered the birth place of Curly Lambeau.

Source: ‘I Knew This Had to Be It’: Wisconsin Man Reflects on Finding Curly Lambeau’s Home, Spectrum News 1

‘The Packers, My Dad, and Me’ Dives Deep into Family Ties, Shedding New Light on a Favorite Wisconsin Team

Author Tony Walter and his book about the 1930s Green Bay Packers were showcased during a free, online event. UW-Green Bay’s University Archives was the virtual host and also helped provide material for the book. Source: “The Packers, My Dad, and Me” Dives Deep into Family Ties, Shedding New Light on a Favorite Wisconsin Team – spectrumnews1

Green Bay’s Favorite Team in the 1930s – Free Virtual Program – Green Bay News Network

A new book has arrived on the scene about the Green Bay Packers. Tony Walter’s recently published book, The Packers, My Dad, and Me, provides an up close and personal view of the team and the Green Bay community in the 1930s. Tony and his father, John Walter, were both sports editors for the Green Bay Press Gazette. The author weaves the story of the 1930s Green Bay Packers from first hand accounts….most notably from his father’s diaries, newspaper columns, and court documents. The court documents are drawn from the collections at the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center. Join us as Tony Walter shares stories about the 1930s Green Bay Packers, his research adventures, and his writing process!This live event will include time for audience questions.

Source: Green Bay’s Favorite Team in the 1930s – Free Virtual Program – Green Bay News Network

Grant will support UW-Green Bay students with financial support for childcare; begin research phase of childcare options for UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff

Green Bay, Wis.—Recognized as a need at UW-Green Bay for decades, childcare and caregiving burdens on students, faculty, and staff are even heavier during COVID-19. A recent grant, of $81,046.00 per year for four years, awarded to UW-Green Bay by the Department of Education will provide stipend support to Pell-eligible student parents  to help ease their financial burden for childcare and access to programming, advising, and mentorship to improve their educational outcomes. The same funding will also provide seed money to initiate research and a planning process for a potential childcare facility on the Green Bay Campus or in partnership with a local provider.

Nearly 25 percent of all undergraduate college students are raising children. Recent data shows that about half of all college students earn a degree or certificate within six years of enrolling, while only a third of student parents complete school (https://iwpr.org/iwpr-issues/student-parent-success-initiative/building-family-friendly-campuses-college-success-student-parents/).

Associate Prof. Alison Staudinger (Democracy and Justice Studies), a project lead, says the grant will provide some immediate help for a growing demographic in higher education—the working parent.

“The grant application specifies criteria for the application process for students which will provide $1,000 a semester for full-time students and funding on a prorated basis for part-time students,” she said. “It will also offer additional funds for students who participate in high-impact practices (HIPs) such as internships, undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity, or community-based learning. A recent study by professors Katia Levintova and Kim Reilly indicated that childcare and work commitments often limit the ability of UW-Green Bay student-parents to participate in HIPs.

Additionally, the funding will allow the campus to explore the sustainability of providing a daycare to students, faculty and staff—either on campus, or in partnership with local providers.

“Students with children bring assets to our campus community and yet they are a bit of an invisible population,” Staudinger said. “If we are truly an access-driven institution, we need to provide the support that makes it possible for them to thrive at UWGB. This means financial, academic, and social resources for the student-parents themselves, but also raising visibility on campus so that faculty and staff recognize the unique needs of this population and their contributions to campus life.”

Childcare has been a hot-button topic at UW-Green Bay for years, and has a rich history on the Green Bay Campus. See the full timeline. Here’s an abbreviated one:

1972: UWGB Children’s Center opened and began offering classes for children ages 2-5 in a vacated nursing home building owned by Brown County located along Highway 54-57. Within months it moved to a remodeled ranch cottage owned by UWGB on Nicolet Drive.

1981:Three full-time staff and twenty-five work study students cared for 164 children.

1985:Plans for a new facility began as building was in disrepair

1989:The UWGB Children’s Center program became the first in Green Bay to receive accreditation from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

1990:New UW-Green Bay child care center building center request approved by UW Board of Regents at funding level of $790,000.

1991:Plan was rejected by Wisconsin State Building Commission because it was viewed as a lower priority than other UW System and state agency projects. UWGB did receive $50,000 in funds to evaluate alternatives for a child care facility at UW-Green Bay. A feasibility study was requested to consider a public/private venture model for the UWGB Children’s Center.

1992-1995: Funding issues prevented continuation of facility.

Spring of 1995: Children’s Center formally closed.

2014: UWGB students voted to increase Seg Fees in support of bringing childcare back to campus.

Staudinger says the plan has full support of the current administration and cabinet. The Advisory Board will convene in Fall 2020; interested campus and community members are invited to contact Alison Staudinger if they wish to get involved. An expanded set of web-resources and the application for the grant itself will be launched in early 2021, as will student success programming for parents. Please watch for an announcement of a kick-off event in where the campus community can learn about the program and how to apply.

In the featured photo above: the UWGB Childcare Alliance supported a Spring into Gardening event.

Below: Photos from University Archives at the UWGB Children’s Center
  

Cofrin Library Archives to host virtual event: Stories from the Archives: Green Bay’s Favorite Team in the 1930’s

Green Bay, Wis.—Tony Walter’s new book The Packers, My Dad, and Me, will be the focus of the next program in a series provided to the community by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Archives. Walter was a long time sports writer and editor for the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

The free virtual program, Green Bay’s Favorite Team in the 1930s, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 from 7 to 8 p.m. and is a popular continuing series called “Stories from the Archives.” No downloads are required to participate in the program via Microsoft Teams. Viewers can access the virtual program link by visiting the Facebook event.

UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center located in UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library, provides research assistance to scholars on a wide variety of topics and is witness to many unique projects that stem from its vast array of historical collections. To showcase these research efforts the Archives continues the speaker series Stories from the Archives, which Archives Director Deb Anderson describes as “a wonderful opportunity to share with others these amazing research efforts and projects.”

In his book, retired journalist Tony Walter provides an up close and personal view of the team and the Green Bay community in the 1930s. The author and his father, John Walter, were both sports editors for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. This newest offering for fans of Green Bay Packers history, is primarily drawn from the diaries and newspaper columns of John Walter, as well as original documents and the author’s own personal experiences.

Through his research, Tony Walter uncovered rich Green Bay Packers history. In the program, Walter will share stories about the 1930s Green Bay Packers, discuss his writing process, and talk about his research experiences. One of the highlights will be the intriguing court documents he found at the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center. Anderson noted, “although the court documents play a central role in the history of the Green Bay Packers they have received minimal research attention.”

The live event will include a Q&A session, of which audience members will have the opportunity to ask Walter about his book and his research experiences.

The Packers, My Dad, and Me is his second book on Green Bay Packers history; his first being Baptism by Football.

“The UWGB Archives was one of the institutions that opened doors to help locate important documents…to make his book possible,” Walter said.

For more information about the program contact University Archives 920-465-2539 or archives@uwgb.edu.

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THEN & NOW: Protests in Northeast Wisconsin | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

(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.

Source: THEN & NOW: Protests in Northeast Wisconsin | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

Local high school students use UW-Green Bay Archives for projects | 94.3 Jack FM

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.”

Source: LISTEN: Class Project Sends Sophomores to Smithsonian Documentary Showcase  | 94.3 Jack FM

Contribute to ‘Community Voices: Stories for the Archives’

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 archives@uwgb.edu.

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 archives@uwgb.edu.

Story by Marketing and University Communication Intern Joshua Konecke