New Go Live!

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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 a 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

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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

Today I'm feeling a bit under the weather and thought I'd blog about some of my cures for the common cold.

My first cure is hot tea.  Every time I'm sick I try and drink as much hot tea as I can.  It warms me up and soothes my throat.  This tea pot from our Decorative Arts Collection looks like it could hold some delicious tea! and its extremely intricate.

Also when I'm sick I always have a bowl of soup.  Sometimes chicken noodle or french onion, yum I love hot soup.  I've never tried cheeseburger soup, which is what this artist book at the right is titled, but you never know it could hit the spot!

The last thing I like to do when I'm sick is watch a ton of movies.  Today I think I'll watch How To Train Your Dragon, which if you haven't seen is a movie about Vikings and Dragons.  I know it's a kids movie but it's exactly what this cold needs.  This image on the left is of a silver Viking ship with dragon heads.  It looks like it could be right out of my movie!

I hope this combination cures my cold! What do you do to make yourself feel better when you're sick?

The First Snow

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The weatherman is predicting what could be the first big snow fall of the winter season.  Personally the first snow fall is my favorite.  Everything is clean and crisp and people want to get out and play in the snow.

Isn't this image on the left beautiful, so peaceful and white.

So what type of things do you like to do when the first snow falls?

Some of you students at UW-Madison might be preparing for the giant snowball fight that occurs every year. The snow fight always congregates on Bascom Hill and spreads to the surrounding areas.  The image on the right is what it looks like just before the students charge.

One thing I never understood is how people can still ride their bikes after it snows.  I guarantee my face would hit the ground almost immediately.  This little girl on the left doesn't seem to happy about riding her bike in the snow either.

I love the first snow. I plan on curling up with some hot tea and watching a movie, in between the studying that is. I hope you all have a fun first snow!

The Finals Daze

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Everyone keeps saying that the semester is winding down to a close, but this couldn't be more wrong.  The semester might be ending soon but it is far form winding down, it is actually winding up.  The libraries are full, printers are running out of ink from printing final papers and students are getting less and less sleep. I would definitely not consider this winding down.

We thought we'd look through the pages of old Badger Yearbooks to see what past Badgers have said about their finals experience. On the left is an article from the 1977 yearbook, page 85.  The article talks about how books take priority over beer during finals and that students line up at the libraries to claim their "territory" for the day. The article gives a fun look into studying during finals.

Also in the 1977 yearbook, on page 86, I found this section titled, The Amateurs' Guide to International Etudiance.  The section talks about students reverting to ancient methods of cramming for exams.  The images are comical as is the text. Take a quick read and see what methods you may have tried.

We hope that these articles are a nice break from the study session you are most likely in right now.  Let us know what else could make your studies a little more fun.