In the News

The Wisconsin Humanities Council in the news:

  • La Crosse Tribune, October 2019 Driftless Writing Center Honors Survivors in Stories from the Flood
    “We believe that storytelling heals, and what our group does best is help people tell stories,” said Tamara Dean, who is leading a project for the Driftless Writing Center supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. The article highlights a gathering to honor those who endured the record-breaking floods in 2018 at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitors Center.
  • The Cap Times, July 2019 – “Immigrant Journeys” offers perspectives on paths to the U.S.
    Coverage of traveling exhibition featuring short first-person stories from eight Wisconsinites who came to the United States from Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Honduras. The stories come from interviews conducted by Wisconsin-based journalist Bill Berry and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Gary Porter, whose photographs accompany the stories.
  • Wisconsin Public Radio, May 2018Route 51 with Glen Moberg
    An hour-long radio program focused on trust in the media, credibility, and the role of journalism in a democracy. Host Glen Moburg spoke with Wausau Police Chief Bliven, WSAW Channel 7 News Director Sarah Gray and the Wisconsin Humanities Council’s Meg Turville-Heitz, Beyond the Headlines Project Manager.
  • Isthmus, February 2017 –A life worth living: The Odyssey project proves the humanities can change destinies
    “Pieces of crumpled magazines would fill the pockets of Avé Thorpe’s book bag. On any given day, she’d find a torn-out bit of paper with a picture of a wedding gown or a nice car or a sunny beach. Sometimes she’d dig it out of the bottom of her backpack. Sometimes, out of the back of her locker. They were casually strewn around her room. …”

Making a case for the public humanities:

  • Post-Crescent Appleton/Fox Cities, July 2017 – “Grants enhance arts opportunities in the Fox Valley
    “Although it may not be obvious, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities support a variety of opportunities for residents of the Fox Valley.
  • La Crosse Tribune, March 2017 – “Anne Pryor: Cutting the arts hurts La Crosse, state““Projects conducted across Wisconsin focus on what makes our life here special and unique, which then lets us know ourselves better and tell our stories to others: Delavan’s circus heritage; lake sturgeon in Fond du Lac; Neenah’s Civil War veterans’ histories; what it means to live on a river in Manitowoc, Wausau or Prairie du Chien; Rosholt’s historic buildings; and cultural resources important to Native peoples of Lake Superior are just some of many examples.”

WHC partners making culture, history & conversation happen

  • Post Crescent, June 7, 2017 – “‘Asylum’ exhibit earns two awards““The History Museum at the Castle’s latest exhibit, “Asylum: Out of the Shadows” has been recognized for excellence on state and national levels.”Wisconsin Historical Society, June –2017 Museum Exhibit Award Winner Announced””This well-executed exhibition provocatively raises contemporary questions about mental health care against the backdrop of misconception, discomfort, fear and bad science long associated with the subject.”WHC supported this exhibit with a $10,000 Major Grant in 2016. Congratulations!


  • Urban Milwaukee, October, 2016 – “The Story of Washington Park: Often overlooked neighborhood gets its story told in new work of documentary theater““The area northwest of downtown gets so little attention that one character laments it’s often “grayed out” in online maps of the city, “like it doesn’t even exist.” This new and quite unique play, called “This is Washington Park. This is Milwaukee,” dramatizes the neighborhood’s existence and importance …. Sen is one of the characters in the docudrama, who tells students: “Once you tell a story of a place, it’s hard to erase. This is why the work you are doing is very vital.”The theater piece builds on UW-Milwaukee’s BLM field school work, partially funded by WHC.