Author Archives: Jennifer Motszko

Minneiska Online (New Stuff Tuesdays)

The UW-Whitewater yearbook, The Minneiska, was published from 1909- 1991. These books contain photographs of students as well as campus events and activities. They present a picture of life on campus throughout the decades and provide a wealth of historic … Continue reading

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New views of the Old Main Fire (New Stuff Tuesdays)

Fifty years ago, the campus lost an iconic symbol of the University when someone set fire to the Old Main building. Community members and students witnessed the devastation as the building went up in flames on February 8, 1970. The … Continue reading

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Founder’s Day – Whitewater Normal School makes a “Good Start”

Tuesday, April 21, 1868, marked the opening day for the Whitewater State Normal School (now UW-Whitewater). Charles Brockway, one of the school’s first students, recalled about the experience: “It was a bright, beautiful, April day…when the formal opening of the … Continue reading

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“On the Trail of the Sioux” manuscript (New Stuff Tuesdays)

This past summer the Archives & Area Research Center received a package in the mail along with a letter addressed “To Whom It May Concern.” UW-Whitewater has a collection of General George Custer materials. The letter writer thought we would … Continue reading

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Plat Maps (New Stuff Tuesday)

Plat Maps have long been a great resource for individuals researching information on property. A plat map is a scaled drawing of a piece of land with marked divisions showing acreage and, often, property owners. Genealogists find these types of … Continue reading

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Poems for Liberty (New Stuff Tuesdays)

The Archives & Area Research Center received the Dougan Farm Collection, a gift from Jackie Dougan Jackson, in July 2018. The collection documents the activities and history of a family farm and dairy near Beloit, Wisconsin. The farm also had … Continue reading

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New Stuff Tuesday – November 19th

Whitewater Federation of Women’s Clubs Records Archives & Area Research Center, 1st floor The Whitewater Federation of Women’s Clubs began in January 1899 as a way to bring together local organizations, including the Alpha, Emerson, Junto, Minneiska, and Home Culture … Continue reading

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New Stuff Tuesday – October 8th

Whitewater College High School Yearbooks, 1940-1942 Archives & Area Research Center, 1st Floor From the very beginning of the Whitewater Normal School (now UW-Whitewater) until the 1960s, the college offered a training or laboratory school for local children, kindergarten through … Continue reading

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Honoring the WWI Gold Star men

As the smoke cleared from the battlefields of World War I, the Whitewater Normal School came together to honor those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause.  May 30, 1919, was the first Memorial Day … Continue reading

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Whitewater Normal School Exhibit

This post was created by UW-Whitewater student Morgan Zdroik As we celebrate the University of Wisconsin Whitewater’s 150th anniversary, you may wonder what 1868, the first year of, then Whitewater Normal was like. Who were the faculty? What did campus … Continue reading

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