Lincoln Among the Badgers

Title: Lincoln Among the Badgers: Rediscovering Sites Associated with Abraham and Mary Lincoln in Wisconsin.
Author: Steven K. Rogstad
Publisher: Mill House Press (2020)

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This study represents the first scholarly treatment of the visits Abraham and Mary Lincoln made to the Badger State. Although they collectively visited Wisconsin five times, they traveled into the state at different times and never together. Abraham Lincoln entered the state’s borders for the first time in 1832 during his military service in the Black Hawk War, returning in 1859 to make speeches in Milwaukee, Beloit, and Janesville. Mary traveled toured northern Wisconsin and Racine in 1867, returning five years later to take advantage of the healing waters of Waukesha.

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“Wisconsin then and now may lay claim to more Lincoln sites, artworks, associates, scholars, and fans than any state where the Emancipator did not live. Rogstad leaves no hole unfilled in this brick of a tasty, nourishing, and sustaining book, particularly with new information about Mary Lincoln, who did briefly live there. The illustrations alone are worth the price; the text is even better.” – James Cornelius, Editor of the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association.

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“So you thought Abraham Lincoln had close ties only to Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois? As this handsome, exhaustively researched book demonstrates, he worked, orated, visited, and owed much to Wisconsin, too – as did his family. Lincoln may not have lived there but certainly lives on in the Badger State. Part travelogue, part landmark survey, part art book, part Lincoln family history, Steven Rogstad’s authoritative and engaging volume shines with his love for both Lincoln and his home state, and he and his publisher have spared nothing in producing a major keepsake. A must-have for every Lincoln collector, no matter how near of far from Wisconsin they may dwell.”  – Harold Holzer, Jonathan F. Fantgon Director, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College


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The Southwest German Immigrant Experience in the 19th Century
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In the mid-nineteenth century, emigrants from the present-day German state of Rhineland-Palatinate settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in rural clusters in surrounding counties, such as Washington, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties. This presentation will focus on their socio-economic background, the importance of chain migration, and the acculturation that took place in Wisconsin. It will touch on agriculture and urban occupations (especially beer brewing and wine import businesses), architecture, and social life. The final part of the lecture will illustrate how some communities in the home country benefited from the support of public projects and remittances made by their former citizens who had become successful in Wisconsin.

Dr. Helmut Schmahl is a lecturer in the History Department at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, and a high school teacher of History and English. His scholarship focuses on German immigration to North America, particularly emigration from Southwest Germany.

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