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Wisconsin 101 project to be focus of 'Thursdays at the U'

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Photo caption: Dr. Thomas Broman, professor emeritus of history at UW-Madison, will present “Wisconsin 101: Local History With Objects” Oct. 20 at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County.

A public history expert will be the featured speaker for the Oct. 20 “Thursdays at the U” series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County.

Dr. Thomas Broman, professor emeritus of history at UW-Madison

Dr. Thomas Broman

Dr. Thomas Broman, co-director of Wisconsin 101, a project that seeks to engage citizens statewide in a public history project, will present “Wisconsin 101: Local History With Objects” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus. The presentation also will be livestreamed.

At its core, Wisconsin 101 invites nonprofessional historians to profile objects from their daily lives and write short histories that contextualize those objects within local history, regional historical trends and even international change. The objects and stories cut across the diverse regional, cultural, economic and political differences of our state, providing a rich sense of our shared heritage.

Broman is a professor emeritus of history at UW-Madison whose current interests include science and medicine in the Enlightenment, the role of science in the public sphere and 18th-century German intellectual and cultural history. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Ripon College, master’s degrees in agronomy and history from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a doctorate in history from Princeton University.

The “Thursdays at the U” weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. Neither seating reservations nor parking permits are needed for campus guests.

For more information about the series, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, the series organizer, at