Between 1935 and 1937, the Federal Works Progress Administration paid hundreds of out-of-work writers and anthropologists to scour the countryside and record the tales and stories people told in bars, at shops, and at family gatherings. The result, the Folklore Project, preserved hundreds of stories that had been handed down for generations. In Wisconsin, the writers gathered native American legends, tall tales from logging camps, fish stories, ghost tales and fables brought from Switzerland, Norway and Germany. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press has collected a number of these tales and has now released them in the new book “Blue Men and River Monsters: Folklore of the North” Editor John Zimm joined the Buzz on Monday 3/2.
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