According to contributor gianofer fields, one of the joys of studying Material Culture is interacting with an object in person. For Fields, the information gleaned from the physical presence of the thing conveys much more than a digital image.
A belief she’s held even before the pandemic.
So you could imagine her delight when she found the following announcement on the Wisconsin Historical Society website:
“As of June 1 in accordance with current state guidelines, our Headquarters building will be open to the public Monday – Thursday 9am to 4pm. As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 our hours and guidelines for access may change. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information.”
In this edition of Radio Chipstone, fields unearths archival tape of a conversation with Lee Grady, the Senior Reference archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society.
About the Host:
gianofer (JON nah fer) 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.
About the Guest:
Lee Grady is the Senior Reference archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society. He has spoken on a variety of topics related to the Historical Society’s Library and Archives collections, including genealogy, local history, general archival research, maps, military records, state institutions (prisons, asylums, etc.), the Draper Collection, and the McCormick Collection.
Image: The first page of a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to Lancelot Minor, August 7, 1814. Courtesy of/copyright Wisconsin Historical Society (Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution autograph collection, 1742-1932 Collection). Image ID: 110800.
This segment partially comes from the Radio Chipstone Archives of WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio. See here.