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It's All About Love

As I'm sure we all know, today is Valentine's Day. We want to celebrate by highlighting everything love related in our collections.

First lets start with this image of Love Rock in the Wisconsin Dells. The image was taken in 1908, and is part of our Brittingham Lantern Slides Collection. I couldn't find any information out about this Love Rock or the history behind it but maybe you know the story. Care to share with us?

Maybe for Valentine's Day some of you sang a song, wrote a song, made a mix tape or used music in some way to make the day romantic. Well did you use this song? I Love Her Just the Same is a song from 1896 found in our Wisconsin Sheet Music Database. The chorus starts off: I love her, yes I love her just the same. If you didn't add this to your music selection, you might want to think about it.

Or some of you may have received flowers from your significant other. Were they as pretty as these? These flowers are from our Bowles's Florist book in the Decorative Arts collection. The book contains images of flowers with instructions on how to draw and color them according to nature. The flowers are beautiful maybe you can find the ones you received in this book.

Today is really just about celebrating love. So take a moment to celebrate who you love or what you love.


Darwin Day

Well for all of you evolution lovers, it is that time of year again, Darwin Day! The UW will hold its 6th annual Darwin Day Celebration from February 10-12. This year the UW has planned lectures, films, and family-friendly activities to celebrate evolution. So for any of you that love Darwin come out and join in on the activities.

For Darwin Day we wanted to share our Galapagos Collection. This collection documents the University of Wisconsin Madison Zoological Museum's expeditions to the Galapagos islands. Since 1978, UWZM has been one of only 3 museums granted permission by the Ecuadorian Government to collect, preserve, transport, and maintain scientific anatomical specimens from the Galápagos Islands.

This collection contains interesting materials for any Darwin fan. Take a peek and let us know what you think!


Voices from the Badger Village

Today I wanted to share another new collection with you. The Badger Village Collection is the third collection in the UW-Madison Campus Voices series. Badger Village was a housing community for married student veterans and their families located in Baraboo, Wisconsin from 1946 to 1951. The collection consists of excerpts from interviews with UW residence staff, administration, and student veterans and their wives who lived at Badger Village.

Along with the audio recordings, the UW-Madison Collection also contains images of the village and many images of the students living there.

Take a listen to some of the interviews while looking at the image collection. You will learn about a little slice in UW Madison's student history.

Let us know what you think!


UW-Stevens Point

Over the holiday break, the UWDC went live with a few new collections. The one I want to highlight today is the History of UW-Stevens Point.

The History of UW-Stevens Point Collection includes resources that document the history and evolution of this campus. The collection includes published material as well as archival materials and may eventually include additional books, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, maps and other resources deemed important to the study of our state's university system and its campuses.

The collection has some great images that will probably make there way to Twitter at some point. Take a look and let us know what you think!


My Winter Break

Well, winter break is over and I'm reminiscing about all the things I learned. I had some new experiences over break and would like to share them with you.

#1 New York is has a lot of people in the city during the holiday. I've never been to New York City before and decided to visit a friend for New Years. The streets were so crowded, I was actually happy to take the subway. Also during this trip I learned to not stand to close to the end of the subway platform because those cars fly through the stops.

#2 If a man with a top hat and a cloak gets on the subway, don't get off, you will miss something fabulous. While riding the subway home one night a short man with a large mustache, top hat and cloak got on our subway car. Needless to say he was a little intoxicated, told some hilarious jokes and serenaded the train car to a beautiful rendition of a song by Carol Burnett. I wish I would have videotaped it.

#3 Weddings are all about facial expressions, sit back and watch the awkwardness ensue. I haven't been to a wedding in a long time and was asked to go with my friend to one just a couple weeks ago. I didn't know the couple but boy was it fun to just watch the reactions from the bride, groom and family. Much like the picture below, the bride seemed slightly insane and the groom scared out of his mind, and well the wedding party was mostly just drunk. All in all it made for quite the reception.

So these are some of the things I learned and experienced over break. Do you have any good stories to tell?


New Go Live!

Today we are going to share another new collection with you. Recently we went live with Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, St. Croix, and Rusk Counties: Local History Collections. This collection is made up of both texts and images. The collection’s texts are comprised of community records, local history narratives, retrospectives, and high school yearbooks. The collection’s images include street scenes, historical buildings, notable people, and important events.

The collection allows users to search the text collection for information they may be interested in. The image collection is broken down into five sub-categories including Downtowns, Storms, St. Croix County, Pepin County and Dunn County. The images are really interesting and of good quality.

If you are from this area you might appreciate this collection of local history. Take a look and let us know what you think!


Barry goes to the Hall of Fame

Today we are sending a proud congratulations to former Head Coach and current Athletic Director, Barry Alvarez. Yesterday Barry was inducted into the college football Hall of Fame. Everyone from Biddy Martin and current Head Coach Brett Bielema to former players and friends and family from Alvarez's home town, Burgettstown, were there to support the Hall of Fame inductee.

Here at the UWDC we just want to say that we are proud of you, Barry!

The image on the left is from 1990, before Barry changed the football helmets to show the motion W. If anyone would like to see more images of Barry, visit our UW-Madison Collection.


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