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Winter Carnival Blast from the Past

For all the UW-Madison students on campus, it's that time of year again, the Winter Carnival! Hoofers Winter Carnival is a weekend of events centered around fun in the outdoors. This year features an open skating rink on the Memorial Union Terrace and the sunken Statue of Liberty from 1979. Memorial Union. This year the Winter Carnival will have open ice skating on the terrace, a Broomball tournament, an ice sculpture contest, carriage rides and other fun winter activities. Check out the Hoofers Winter Carnival site for more details.

Here at the UWDCC we have great historic images of this event. The top picture shows a sled race during the Winter Carnival of 1984. On the right is an image on women's broomball hockey which was played on Lake Mendota in the 50s! And the bottom picture is from the 1950s featuring a ski jump competition.

These images and more of our great Winter Carnival pictures can be found at our University of Wisconsin Collection. Check out more of our images and go out to the Hoofers Winter Carnival this weekend for fun winter activities!

 

Celebrate Evolution!

The University of Wisconsin will celebrate Darwin Day tomorrow, February 13th! A full day event will be held at the Microbial Science building on the UW campus. The event is free and open to the public. Check out the activities planned for Darwin Day 2010!

The UWDC wants to help you get in the Darwin spirit with our Galápagos Collection. The collection of Galápagos materials that includes anatomical specimens, images, and papers at the UW-Madison Zoological Museum (UWZM) is unique and rare. Ten expeditions since 1969 to the Galápagos by UW-Madison scientists and researchers have produced a wealth of invaluable museum specimens: approximately 669 complete and 675 partial skeletons. In addition these expeditions have produced thousands of images and papers that up until now have not been preserved in any format.

The images in the collection are great examples of the animals found on the island and provide great views of the land. The image on the top left shows the Galápagos Tortoises with a great view of the landscape of the island. On the right is an image of the Galápagos Penguin and Marine Iguanas sitting on lava.

Celebrate Darwin's 201st birthday by taking a look at these images.

 

Zazzle Print of the Month

This past weekend the Badgers defeated the Wolverines in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic! Because of this win and all the other great winter activities that have been going on around campus we decided to highlight this image as our Zazzle Print of the Month!

The image taken in 1929 features hockey players Donald Meiklejohn (L) and Gilbert Krueger (R) on an ice rink on the current Library Mall at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. The image is part of our University of Wisconsin Archives collection and is available for purchase at our Zazzle Store.

If you like this print take a look at all the great images at our Zazzle Store! These prints are great for any gift giving holiday!

 

Ice Skating at its best!

This weekend the University of Wisconsin will host the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic at Camp Randall Stadium. Also tonight the UW is offering open skating in Camp Randall. In light of this great ice skating weekend we thought we would look through our collection and check out some of our great ice skating pictures.

The State of Wisconsin Collection has great winter ice skating pictures. This was one of my favorites from the Manitowoc Local History Collection. How awesome would it be to skate next to those ships!

Also in the University of Wisconsin Archives we have some great images from past Ice Carnivals. This one is of an ice skating race on the lake! Looks like some pushing and shoving going on, where's the ref!

If you are really interested in hockey, the UW-Madison Athletic Department Collection contains media guides from hockey games back to the 70s!

Check out all of our hockey and ice skating images, we'll be tweeting them all day! And we hope you can watch the game, GO BADGERS!

 

Burbank and the Mutant Plants

Luther Burbank was one if North America's foremost American plant breeders. Our collection, Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries, contains documents of his methods and discoveries. The 12–volume monographic series is prepared from his original field notes covering more than 100,000 experiments made during forty years devoted to plant improvement.

He experimented with thousands of plant varieties and developed many new ones, including new varieties of prunes, plums, raspberries, blackberries, apples, peaches, and nectarines. Besides the Burbank potato, he produced new tomato, corn, squash, pea, and asparagus forms; spineless cactus useful in cattle feeding; and many new flowers, especially lilies and the famous Shasta daisy.

Take a look at the collection, you might be surprised by the plants he created.

 

Collaborating to Digitize Campus History

The UW Digital Collections Center is fortunate to partner with campus faculty, librarians and staff to create our wonderful resources. One such person, with whom we collaborate on a regular basis, is UW Madison archivist David Null. Over the past decade, David has championed some of the most fascinating and well-used digitization projects featuring materials from the Archives including: the Aldo Leopold Archives, Badger Yearbooks, Wisconsin Alumni Magazine, The William J. Meuer Photoart Collection, the UW-Madison Class Albums and hundreds of historic images from the Archives collections.

As UW-Madison Archivist and head of the University Archives and Records Management Division, David manages preservation of University records and information of permanent historical value, provides records management services and support and serves as an educational resource encouraging administrative and scholarly research using the archival collections. He also oversees the university's Oral History Program which documents prominent faculty and staff and their research and careers at the University.

Hats off to David Null and the University Archives for sharing these amazing digital resources!

 

BEER AND CHEESE! What more could you ask for?

Raise your glass in honor of the Beer and Cheese Fest in Madison this weekend! We thought we would take a look through our collections for images to celebrate those two things we love here in Wisconsin!

The State of Wisconsin Collection brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary materials: writings about the State of Wisconsin and unique or valuable materials that relate to its history and ongoing development. And of course features some of the best images of CHEESE AND BEER!

 

This a view from the steps of the Court House in the center of the square in the business section of Monroe, Wisconsin, on Saturday, September 14, 1940 - Cheese Day. This celebration was held every 5 years. The crowd has gathered to witness a Dairy Maid milking contest.

This collection also contains a great book titled Cheesemaking in Wisconsin: a short history! The book contains text and great pictures of cheese factories all around Wisconsin!

 

 


 

And we can't forget to mention the great breweries here in Wisconsin. In the Kenosha City directory of 1858-9, it was recorded that this brewery was located on North Water Street, on the corner of the first alley south of Lemon Street. The brewery annually converted seven to ten thousand bushels of malt into beer. Conrad Muntzenberger came to Kenosha in 1847 and operated this brewery until 1875.

 


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