Let’s start by stating the obvious…we live in contentious times. What we think of our government, our country, and what it means to be an American is changing. So, what does that mean for the symbols associated with the United States? It’s impossible to drive around our region without seeing an American Flag. It’s a […]
Gianofer Fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.
Many of us identify as Americans because we were born in the United States. However, for some being born here doesn’t necessarily mean you feel completely connected to our spacious skies and amber waves of grain. In this edition of Radio Chipstone contributor gianofer fields introduces us to Lynn. Lynn identifies as a daughter, a […]
After being cooped up with your stuff through yet another Wisconsin winter, you might be in the mood to kick some of it to the curb. Nicole Gruter is a professional organizer and it’s her goal to help you create a clutter-free positive space. In this edition of Radio Chipstone, Gruter says she understands how […]
Mona Boulware Webb was born in Houston in 1914 as Nevelle Ruth Boyce. She studied to be a nurse, married, and started a family. However, the murder of Emmett Till, would cause her to leave Texas and move to Mexico, in search a safe place to raise her sons. After traveling the world for many […]
There are a number of things you should know about Muriel Simms. She was born and raised in Madison. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at Edgewood College and she is the author of Settlin’: Stories of Madison’s Early African American Families. You should also know that she was, is, and will always defend her […]
In 1840 there were less than 400 African Americans living in Madison. We know some arrived as slaves to fur trappers, others came to work in the mines. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act caused many to escape to free states like Wisconsin. That’s just the beginning of the story. Born and raised in Madison, […]