Madison area history

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Madison area history

Postby zeropoint » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:39 pm

Hello,

I am looking for topics for new essays at the moment and would like to find an interesting angle about Madison's history. Since I'm from Virginia and didn't move here until I was an adult, I don't know a lot of things that might be fairly common knowledge for natives. Can you recommend a good resource (a place, person, book, anything) for an overview of Madison's history? (I'm talking pre-1950's here at the latest.)

Also, if there is something interesting or somehow significant in Madison's past that, in your opinion, is not discussed often enough, feel free to bring that up and I will look into it if it trips my wires.

Thank you!

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Re: Madison area history

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:46 pm

If you really want to delve into Madison's history, I recommend this:
http://www.amazon.com/Madison-A-History ... 0299199800

You can get it locally at most book stores. Or get a library card and check it out.

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Re: Madison area history

Postby zeropoint » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:57 pm

Thank you! I will check it out.

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Re: Madison area history

Postby Stebben84 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:07 pm

http://www.amazon.com/Double-Take-Repho ... 029917820X

I don't know if it's at the library, but its an interesting visual take on how Madison changed.

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Re: Madison area history

Postby snoqueen » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:29 pm

http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/

Especially check out Online Collections, Photographs, and the other links on the right hand side of the page.

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Re: Madison area history

Postby wesconsin » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:24 am

check out Lost Madison's facebooke page, they have a lot of pictures and stories on their.

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Re: Madison area history

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:02 pm

And not to be remiss, I should also mention forum contributor Stu Levitan's book: Madison: The Illustrated Sesquicentennial History, Volume 1, 1856-1931.

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Re: Madison area history

Postby Stu Levitan » Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:46 pm

Thanks, Henry.

Z-point, glad to hear of your interest, here are some more resources:

The book to which Henry referred.

Website of Historic Madison, Inc. Lots of links and info.

List of declared Madison landmarks.

Website of Madison Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Re: Madison area history

Postby MPMay » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:27 pm

If I had the time and inclination to dig into anything on Madison history, I would start by scheduling meetings with Stu Levitan and Dave Mollenhoff.

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Re: Madison area history

Postby Bwis53 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:19 pm

I thought those two, plus others were going to write another Madison history book covering 1950 to the present.

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Re: Madison area history

Postby butters » Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:35 am

wesconsin wrote:check out Lost Madison's facebooke page, they have a lot of pictures and stories on their.

https://www.facebook.com/LostMadisonWisconsin

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Re: Madison area history

Postby gozer » Sat Dec 07, 2013 2:56 am

both madison and vicinity are covered in another book, forward! a history of dane: the capital county by allen ruff and t will, i s b n 0-9684746-6-5 and i would suggest it along with the levitan and mollenhoff books in addition to the big three photograph books


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