Brent Nicastro

This week’s coverage of Visions Night Club led to us discovering this gem from the archive. In 1982, Rob Clark covered the last of The Dangle, the oldest strip club in downtown Madison at the time. Read more


“Dancing on the Wall,” Stuart Stotts’ 11th novel, imagines the last year of a divided Berlin. The novel features two very different, yet intrinsically linked, characters. Read more



John Gruber

A photography exhibit at the Dane County Regional Airport examines the rich history of railroads in the region. Read more

Visual Arts

Madison has a lot of museums but not one is devoted to its own history. Without a history museum, is the city losing the stories and artifacts that show us how we have evolved and who we are? Read more

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The city has given the owner of the historic Suhr house on Langdon Street a deadline to fix the structure or risk losing it through demolition by neglect. Read more

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Meet some of the Wisconsin women who fought for women’s right to vote: Mathilde Anneke, Dr. Laura Ross Wolcott, Lila Peckham, Emma Brown, the Rev. Olympia Brown, Theodora Youmans, and Ada James. Read more

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Pat Fry

John Sharpless, the conservative history professor, compares going against the liberal grain at UW-Madison to “pooping in the pool.” But after his retirement last December, many people will miss him. He’ll be honored at a private party March 26. Read more

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East High students dig into lessons from World War I, with lectures on the Middle East, Putin’s rise and white supremacy. Read more



Wisconsin Historical Society / David Sandell

The ‘60s in Madison have been well documented, but a new book by Stuart Levitan digs up new treasures that amuse, enlighten and shock. Read more

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The first Art Fair on the Square was held in 1959. There was no food, no entertainment, no tents. Just art. Read more

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The Ku Klux Klan had a presence at UW-Madison in the 1920s, and the university is in the midst of reckoning with its racist history — both the lingering climate of intolerance and the physical spaces named for KKK members. Read more

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Otis Redding was on the cusp of superstardom when his private plane plunged into the icy waters of Lake Monona. He was just 26 when he died. Fifty years later, his music endures — as do questions about the crash. Read more

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

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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? Read more

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

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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. Read more

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



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. Read more

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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. Read more

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​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. Read more