What is one of the most popular premiums for WORT’s current Fall Pledge Drive? A book!
Yes, literate Madisonians are donating to WORT and picking up a copy of Stuart Levitan’s Madison: The Illustrated Sesquicentennial History, 1856-1931 as a pledge premium. This engaging illustrated history, full of photographs, maps, and bird’s-eye views, captures Madison’s early history from its first days as a city to the Great Depression. Biographical vignettes tell the stories of Madison’s early movers and shakers, while archival images of Madison (many never before published) educate and inspire affection, much like your grandparent’s baby pictures.
“Every page and every illustration selection bears the stamp of Stu Levitan’s passionate and opinionated affection for his adopted hometown. Using a multitude of published and unpublished sources and the magnificent collections of photographs and illustrations available for Madison research, Levitan informs, entertains, engages, surprises, and, in some instances, will outrage. Historically informed Madison readers will have ‘I never knew that’ moments, and newcomers to the Madison area will be astounded to see the transformations wrought since Madison struggled into being in 1837 as a hamlet/capital. Madison historians who now refer offhandedly to Parks, Thwaites, and Mollenhoff have a new name to add to their list: Levitan.”—Jack Holzhueter, historical consultant and retired editor, Wisconsin Magazine of History
Check out the WORT donation page and get your own copy, signed by the author.
Prefer to learn about Madison in bite-sized pieces? We’ve got you covered: WORT persuaded Stuart Levitan to record the most interesting, amusing, or informative nuggets of Madison history in one of the new WORT podcasts, the aptly named Madison History Podcast. Catch it Tuesdays on In Our Backyard, our local news hour (6-7 PM), or by podcast.
Thank you for the generous support that has made 40 years of listener-sponsored community radio possible. Madison has been filled with dreamers, but few would guess that the hippy dream of the 70s, a radio station reserved for community use, would be going strong 40 years later, now streaming, archiving and podcasting.