Our Working Partners

Sharing diverse ideas and voices is a core value in all of the WHC’s work.   Our partners are crucial to that diversity, and to the richness of this project. And we couldn’t do it without them.

DruckGrohmann Museum at Milwaukee School of Engineering

The Grohmann Museum at Milwaukee School of Engineering is one of Milwaukee’s newest attractions and home to the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work. The museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed, as well as special themed exhibitions and a rooftop sculpture garden. From farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering, the collection’s 1,000-plus paintings and sculptures reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work with art from 1580 to the present.

On The Working Lives Project website you can enjoy images drawn from the Grohmann collection. We hope they will feed your curiosity about work and art. Keep an eye on the WHC’s calendar for information about the museum’s wonderful special exhibits and lectures. The museum’s interdisciplinary approach to art, engineering, the humanities — and of course, to work — is unique.

UW-Madison Center for the Humanities 

Center For the Humanities LogoFounded in 1999, the Center for the Humanities advances the humanities on campus and beyond. The Center’s Public Humanities Fellowship program – which has become a model for humanities graduate programs in the US – is part of Engaging the Humanities, a multi-year project made possible by a major grant from the A.W. Mellon Foundation.

The WHC is hosting a Public Humanities Fellow for the 2014-15 academic year. The Fellow will lead many aspects of The Working Lives Project and we are thrilled to be able to provide an enriching experience to a PhD candidate outside of academia while helping to mentor a scholar for future work in the public sphere.


UW-Madison School of Education/Center on Education and Work

Center on education and work logo

The Center on Education and Work (CEW) is part of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. CEW focuses on enhancing the quality of career-related learning and outcomes. CEW pursues education and career-related research projects, evaluation studies, career resources and tools, and offers professional development training. Their web-based career information website, CareerLocker (in the U.S.), provides an array of activities, assessments, information, and tools to assist both young people and adults in their academic and career planning and exploration.

Through The Working Lives Project, CEW and the WHC are working together to increase students’ and parents’ understanding of the value of a humanities education for young peoples’ future working lives, and to assist teachers with the tools they need.

Farms Oral History LogoWisconsin Farms Oral History Project

The Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project is an initiative of UW-Whitewater’s Public History Program that focuses on the history of food and farming in Wisconsin, with a special focus on race, ethnicity, and cultural diversity. Working with campuses throughout the UW system, project organizers want to empower farmers and farming communities in their work toward sustainability and building a better world.

The project employs a “community-based history” approach, primarily through oral history collection and story-sharing. It also includes the collection of documents and artifacts, and the aggregation of scholarly, historical and other resources.  Collaboration with the WHC for The Working Lives Project includes sharing oral histories collected by students and hosting events with farmers about the many kinds of work people do on Wisconsin farms.

WHS press logoWisconsin Historical Society Press

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press is the state’s oldest publisher. This division of the Wisconsin Historical Society has been helping people connect to the past by publishing the best in Wisconsin history and culture since 1855. Today, their publications offer lively narratives about people, events, and places.

Throughout The Working Lives Project, we will be featuring stories from Press publications. You’ll enjoy discovering things about work in Wisconsin that you never knew.

Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS)

As a component of the UW Colleges and UW-Extension, the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) tries to address local, state, and national issues by linking public scholarship, civic outreach, and student service to enhance community life in Wisconsin. Their People of Rural Wisconsin project and the Wisconsin Civic Participation Lecture Series both contribute content and outreach arms to the Working Lives Project.

The People of Rural Wisconsin is a volunteer listening, oral history, and resiliency project designed to preserve the unique voices and stories of rural Wisconsin life. This project asks the questions about living that give meaning to a life in rural Wisconsin: What stories have value to the storyteller and the potential listener? How do we make sense of place as it shapes experience? What has it meant to live a life that is seen through the lens of the present day? How are we different or the same? How can sharing stories build a better civic culture?

The Wisconsin Civic Participation and Lecture Series creates opportunities for university students and the general public to hear directly from Congressmen Dave Obey and Tom Petri about how politics work at the state and national levels. These two dedicated public servants will talk about what drew them to politics as they encourage young people to consider this as a viable option for their own life track.

WisconsinLifeLogoWisconsin Public Radio/Wisconsin Life

Wisconsin Life is a multi-platform project from Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television that engages audiences with stories that reveal what makes Wisconsin special. Some stories are colorful, humorous, and surprising. Others are emotional and thought-provoking. All are personal, engaging, and rich with the diversity of life found in the state we call home.

Wisconsin Life began on the radio with the WHC as a partner. Now, with The Working Lives Project, we are combining forces to bring you audio gems that didn’t get aired. And you’ll find treasures from the Wisconsin Life archives.

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

WI Veteran's Museum logoThe Veterans Museum is much more than a building located on the Capitol square in Madison.   It is an educational venue full of exhibits, living histories, and programs. Visitors feel what it was like to serve in our nation’s wars and conflicts, and learn more about the role of Wisconsin citizens in American military history, past and present. To share these stories beyond Madison, the museum recently start to create traveling exhibits. The WHC is supporting the creation of all of them, including, of course, Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat which is a special collaboration for The Working Lives Project.

This list would not be complete with acknowledgement of the organizations across the state who use WHC grants to support their locally-designed Working Lives projects. They are some of the most creative, hard-working people we know. They use their deep roots in their communities to bring people together to think, talk, and learn. It’s our privilege to work with them.