Creating Old World Wisconsin The Struggle to Build an Outdoor History Museum of Ethnic Architecture

ISBN-10: 0299292649
ISBN-13: 9780299292645
Edition: 2013
Authors: John D. Krugler
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Description: With its charming heirloom gardens, historic livestock breeds, and faithfully recreated farmsteads and villages that span nearly 600 acres, Old World Wisconsin is the largest outdoor museum of rural life in the United States. But this seemingly  More...

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 7/19/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 270
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

With its charming heirloom gardens, historic livestock breeds, and faithfully recreated farmsteads and villages that span nearly 600 acres, Old World Wisconsin is the largest outdoor museum of rural life in the United States. But this seemingly time-frozen landscape of rustic outbuildings and rolling wooded hills did not effortlessly spring into existence, as John D. Krugler maintains inCreating Old World Wisconsin.            As dozens of historic buildings were transported in the 1970s from various locations throughout the state to the Kettle Moraine State Forest, researchers, curators, and volunteers launched a massive preservation initiative to salvage fast-disappearing immigrant and migrant architecture. Researchers, curators, and volunteers created a backdrop against which twenty-first century interpreters demonstrate nineteenth- and early twentieth-century agricultural techniques and artisanal craftsmanship. The site, created and maintained by the Wisconsin Historical Society, offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the state's rich and ethnically diverse past through depictions of the everyday lives of its Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Polish, African American, and Yankee inhabitants.           Creating Old World Wisconsinchronicles the fascinating and complex origins of this outdoor museum, highlighting the struggles that faced its creators as they worked to achieve their vision. Even as Milwaukee architect and preservationist Richard W. E. Perrin, the Society's staff, and enthusiastic volunteers opened the museum in time for the national bicentennial in 1976, the site was plagued by limited funds, bureaucratic tangles, and problems associated with gaining public support. By documenting the engaging story of the challenges, roadblocks, false starts, and achievements of the site's founders, Krugler brings to life the history of the dedicated corps who collected and preserved Wisconsin's diverse social history and heritage.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Visionaries
Managers
Master Planners
Conflict Management
Fund-Raisers
Builders
Toward an Insecure Future
Epilogue
Abbreviations
Notes
Sources
Index

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