Farms & Farm History in Wisconsin

One of my own favorite presentations is “The Farmer in the Dell . . . and in Many U.S. Records.” I tell about many resources related to finding the history of farm families and the farm itself. Many more resources than most people realize!

I saw a news post about a Farm Oral History Project that was described in a university newspaper yesterday. The Royal Purple is the student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A few excerpts from the article:

“The Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project is a project born from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Public History program. It is now a statewide initiative that began in 2012 and is making headway with uncovering much of our state’s rich agricultural history.”

“The ultimate goals of the project are to prompt conversation and collaboration while building a large collection of stories and artifacts that would capture Wisconsin’s large history of farming, community and culture.”

Some of my own ancestors resided in counties near the university. The Area Research Center (ARC) at UW Whitewater is a fabulous place to research family that resided in Jefferson, Rock, and Walworth counties.

The full article is here.

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