UW-Green Bay Archives helps trace history of village school

Bailey’s Harbor District #1 Schoolhouse in Door County was built in 1858 on Bluff Road. Since then, the building has been taken down, built on a new location, suffered a fire, and rebuilt again. Much more is included in the history of the schoolhouse, which sparked Kristen Peil and her husband Caleb Whitney’s interest. They bought the schoolhouse, which now serves as an inn, from Peil’s parents in 2016, and began the research for their book about the history of the schoolhouse. With help from UW-Green Bay’s Archives and Area Research Center, the couple managed to get enough valuable information for their book about the early years of the schoolhouse until present time. “When the school closed in 1983, someone had the foresight to take all the records to the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center. Affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society, it’s an amazing resource,” Peil says. Read the full story on Door County Pulse.

More than 150 to compete at National History Day, March 3

It will be the 16th consecutive year UW-Green Bay will serve as host

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition on Saturday, March 3, 2018 marking the 16th consecutive year the event has been held at the University.

The 2018 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 begins with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., with judging taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the University Theatre at 3:30 p.m.  Winners from the regional competition will move on to the April 21 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 annually in all the U.S. states and territories.

The competition will welcome more than 160 students, representing nine schools from throughout the region, with a total of just more than 95 projects. In keeping with this year’s theme of Conflict and Compromise in History, project topics include the Little Rock Nine, Cuban Missile Crisis, Stonewall Riot, Susan B. Anthony, Boston Tea Party, Berlin Wall, Six-Day War, Fannie Lou Hamer, Radium Girls, Nelson Mandela, Hortonville Teacher’s Strike, and many others. Students hail from public and private schools in a three-county area. Brown, Oconto and Outagamie counties will be represented during the event.

“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 breadth demonstrated by the students…in their topic selection, research and final projects.

“After a research field trip to the UW-Green Bay Archives, one student remarked to his teacher, ‘Best day ever! I have never done anything this cool in school before.’ ‘We are excited to be part of creating a strong passion for history,’” Anderson commented.

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 60 volunteers, including UW-Green Bay students, faculty, alumni and community members, to keep it running smoothly, Anderson said.

Its financial sponsors are the Brown County Historical Society, the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society, the League of Women Voters, the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, the Historic Allouez Society and the De Pere Historical Society.

For more information, contact Deb Anderson at UW-Green Bay Archives at 920-465-2539 or andersod@uwgb.edu.



Campus informed of passing of Hall of Famer Paul Schierl

Paul Schierl, retired CEO of Fort Howard, inductee in 1996 to the Phoenix Hall of Fame for meritorious achievement, and longtime friend of the campus community, passed away this week. Former Phoenix Athletic Director Daniel Spielmann said that Schierl’s gifts to UW-Green Bay came during times of critical need — as the University began its fledgling athletic Schierl, Paul_004program in the 1970s and during the transition to Division I in the early ’80s. Schierl provided philanthropic support for the benefit of student athletes in many sports. He gave crucial leadership to the growth of Phoenix soccer and the development of Phoenix Field, later re-named Aldo Santaga Stadium.

He was a member of the Founders Association Board of Directors in 1992, 1993 and 1994. He and his wife, Carol, were donors to many areas throughout campus including the Weidner Center, Phoenix Fund and Phuture Phoenix. Cotter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Fox 11 posted a short story about his life and legacy.

The photo above was taken in September 2011 at the program for the acquisition of the Fort Howard Paper Company Records as well as the receipt from Georgia Pacific for a contribution of $30,000 to be used for the Phoenix window in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. In the photo (left to right), are Dr. David A Cofrin, Don DeMeuse, Michael Riordan and Paul Schierl.

Photos courtesy of University Archives.

Big response to Ken Burns documentary, UW-Green Bay protest photo

There was a substantial response to the photograph of students protesting on campus from the UW-Green Bay Archives, recently featured in the Ken Burns documentary, “The History of the World, April 1969 – May 1970.” The episode was number 8 in the series and it highlights the anti-war protests following the Vietnam War. The full episode can be viewed at http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/episodes/episode-8/. The image is on the screen from 1:44:19 to 1:44:29, and UW-Green Bay Archives is also featured in the credits. The official caption of the photo…

UWGB students joined St. Norbert College students in a protest march in downtown Green Bay on May 5, 1970. The students were demonstrating in response to the shootings at Kent State University in Ohio which occurred on May 4. Approximately 200 UWGB students participated and planned to keep an overnight vigil at the city administration building. Reports indicate students studied by candlelight, engaged in “intense discussions about the war” and sang folk songs.

A Facebook post about the photo’s use received nearly 2,000 views and generated discussion with community members who were also present at the march. The 50th anniversary of that event is about two years away.

Powerful photo from UW-Green Bay Archives used in documentary

A photograph of students protesting on campus from the UW-Green Bay Archives was featured in the Ken Burns documentary, “The History of the World, April 1969 – May 1970.” The episode was number 8 in the series and it highlights the antiwar protests following the Vietnam War. The full episode can be viewed at http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/episodes/episode-8/. The image is on the screen from 1:44:19 – 1:44:29, and the UW-Green Bay Archives is also featured in the credits.

Archivist Deb Anderson needs your help to prep material for cataloging

The UW-Green Bay Archives contains a treasure trove of books, photos, slides and sundry print material. Some of this wonderful collection is not readily accessible because the material has not been cataloged. Deb Anderson, UW-Green Bay Archivist, is seeking assistance from retirees to prep a portion of this material for cataloging (actual cataloging will be complete by staff). Retiree’s familiarity with UWGB people, places and events bring a special asset to this project. Four two-hour sessions have been scheduled in September (all sessions will be in the Archives on the 7th floor of the Library). Please contact Jane Rank, rankj@uwgb.edu if you plan on attending some or all sessions:

-Monday, September 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.
-Tuesday, September 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.
-Monday, September 18 from 1 to 3 p.m.
-Tuesday, September 19 from 9 to 11 a.m.


Archivist Anderson to lead house history workshop

19420414_1444890762215514_41497908373245032_nAll houses have a story to tell. The Brown County Historical Society and Astor Neighborhood Association are collaborating to host “If This House Could Talk,” a workshop on how to research the history of a house. Deb Anderson, coordinator of UW-Green Bay’s Archives and Area Research Center, will share a wide variety of resources that can be used to provide clues about construction dates, physical features and occupants of your home.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, June 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Brown County Historical Society and Hazelwood Historic House at 1008 South Monroe Avenue in Green Bay. This event is free and open to the public. To reserve a spot for the workshop, please contact Chris Dunbar at (920) 437-1840.