Danielle Schroeder, a public history major who graduated from UWEC in 2016, was invited to present her capstone research at the State Capitol on April 12, 2017. Danielle presented new findings about the working of Prohibition in the small Wisconsin city of Berlin. She found a pattern of religious and ethnic conflict over the issue of alcohol use in Berlin. She also found that after several years of living under the prohibition law that Berliners, even those opposed to prohibition, reduced their alcohol consumption. Surprisingly, Prohibition worked in a small Wisconsin city filled with people who had previously taken part in a vigorous drinking culture.
Many interested state legislators came to speak with Danielle about her work and about its implications for today's religious and ethnic issues in 21st century Wisconsin. Assemblywoman Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan), Danielle's home-town representative, and other legislators learned from Danielle about the value of the UWEC public history major as part of the University's larger contributions to the "Wisconsin Idea."
Danielle is continuing her studies in the Library Information Science masters program at UW-Milwaukee. Danielle will pursue a career in public history, especially in archival management.