If you have read some of my other blog posts, you can tell by now that I have a passion for the Winnebago County Courthouse. I work for the county maintenance department and it's one of the buildings that I regularly work in. My supervisor, a super-awesome guy that cares about historical preservation as much… Continue reading Courthouse Photo Album
http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/blogs/the_vault/2014/06/17/newmap.gif http://invasionofamerica.ehistory.org/ I'm working on reading Stephen E. Ambrose's book Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. It has been an interesting read so far, and I can't wait to learn about the journey. Sadly, I found this interactive map that shows Native American cessions to the U.S. Government over time… Continue reading Lewis & Clark’s Consequential Adventure
My Father-in-Law gave me his dad's old Mercury II camera a couple of years. His dad, John, bought this camera while serving in the US Navy in the late 1940s; it has his initials, serial number, and "USN" engraved on the camera. This one is a little more sophisticated than other vintage cameras I have used, but… Continue reading Snapshots with Mercury II Camera
I had the day off on Friday and decided to take a trip up to Appleton for the afternoon. I met up with Molly and got lunch with her--she had to work. After, I made my way over to the History Museum at the Castle just up the street to check out the newest exhibit, Asylum:… Continue reading Asylum: Out of the Shadows
There is nothing quite like digging up the past! Whether it's visiting your local library or visiting a research center to sift through primary documents. I find myself getting a taste of a topic and then wanting to know as much about it as I can. Believe me, its hard not to get lost in hours and hours… Continue reading Family History Book(s)
Wow, it has been 5 years since my first blog post. My wife, Molly, got me hooked on blogging. She was taking a college class where she blogged, so I decided to give it a shot. It has been a great way to share information and draw a following of fellow history enthusiasts. I have enjoyed… Continue reading 5 Years of Blogging
Okay, so it's officially winter in Wisconsin with our first significant snowfall of the year. Yeah, we got a little snow last weekend, but it was barely enough to cover the ground and melted the next day. We are getting a good dose of snow this weekend--6 to 8 inches by the time it's all… Continue reading Bring on the Snow!