Wisconsin Historical Society

Where did Monona come from? The town of Blooming Grove, of course. It was also once a center or bootlegging and prostitution. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Chris Winterhack

Wisconsin’s historic preservation tax credit has done more than breathe life into old buildings, its fans argue. It’s also helped create jobs and revitalize rural towns. Will reducing the credit eliminate one of the most effective tax cuts? more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


Wisconsin Historical Society

Madison once boasted a thriving live entertainment scene with a number of ornate, downtown theaters. Jay Rath explores our architectural and entertainment history. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments


James O'Brien

​As UW-Madison celebrates 100 years of offering Yiddish instruction, campus scholars and musicians are gearing up for “Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater,” May 1-5. more

Apr 21, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments


Wisconsin Historical Society

The menu collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society is an important piece of social history. We truly are what we...ate. more

Feb 18, 2016 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


Zane Williams

So long to a building — and an era. St. Paul’s, the concrete beacon at the foot of State Street, has an appointment with the wrecking ball. more

Dec 23, 2015 3:38 PM A & E 5 Comments


Mike Merg

No Madison neighborhood ever shone more brightly than Mansion Hill in the 1890s. The neighborhood contained more political power and intellectual influence than any other neighborhood in the state. more

Sep 28, 2015 2:04 PM Isthmus Annual Manual

​Author Kathleen Ernst spent a decade as a curator at Old World Wisconsin. Her new book, “A Settler’s Year: Pioneer Life Through the Seasons,” is filled with vivid descriptions and evocative photos from the outdoor history museum. more

Sep 24, 2015 2:00 PM Books

New Orpheum sign replaces two predecessors, but mysteries about original remain. more

Sep 17, 2015 12:00 PM News


Wisconsin Historical Society

​From 1923 to 1988, generations of tourists enjoyed presentations of authentic song and dance presented by the area’s first residents, the Ho-Chunk people. “Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial Reawakened” revives that tradition for a single performance. more

Aug 20, 2015 9:00 AM Stage 1 Comments


Joe Rocco

A pending merger of Oscar Mayer’s parent company, Kraft Foods, with H.J. Heinz Co., could spell the end of the local company, Jay Rath reported in Isthmus. He spoke to WORT-FM producer Dylan Brogan about his story. more

Jun 30, 2015 7:05 AM News


Joe Rocco

Oscar Mayer has been a Madison institution for almost a century and remains Dane County’s largest manufacturer. But the company’s days may be numbered as Kraft prepares to merge with Heinz. Jay Rath reports on the impact the company has had here. more

Jun 25, 2015 10:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Paulius Musteikis

Madison is rich with treasures, including 100 structures on the National Register of Historic Places. But five local historic districts include much of the city’s most valuable land, leading to recurring battles over development. more

May 15, 2015 7:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


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Documenting your family can be a lot of fun and, thanks to the Internet, easier than ever. But it remains a challenge to many. "Because of the disrespect that record keepers had at different periods toward African Americans, they weren't fully docume more

Oct 9, 2014 1:00 PM A & E


Wisconsin Historical Society

If the number of construction crews in town is any indication, Madison is finally figuring out what it wants to be -- or at least how it wants to look -- in the 21st century. Sometimes change is excruciating, and other times we only notice it in retr more

Jul 17, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Carolyn Fath

The spirit of Greenbush is alive and well, but its namesake monument is in trouble. The pyramidal statue at Regent and North Murray streets has fallen into alarming disrepair. more

Jul 16, 2014 8:16 PM A & E

"Isthmus" contributor Stu Levitan reported on the civil rights movement's impact on Madison during the Freedom Summer of 1964 in the July 4 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the July 3 edition of "In Our Backyard". more

Jul 9, 2014 5:15 PM News


Rob Dobi Illustrations

Fifty years ago this summer, the national fight for civil rights echoed locally, dominating Madison's political and cultural agenda with martyrs, legends and a new homegrown black star. "The national and local issues came and went on the same tide," more

Jul 3, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Carolyn Fath

The Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association was founded 120 years ago July 10. The group's successor, today's Madison Parks Foundation, will mark the anniversary with a variety of special events. more

Jun 26, 2014 2:00 PM A & E

Magician Harry Houdini conquered the world with his daring escapes, but he was a Wisconsin boy at heart. He grew up as Ehrich Weiss in Appleton in the late 19th century and loved returning there even after he became a showbiz sensation. more

Mar 24, 2014 5:23 PM A & E