wisconsin

New national park, arms/armor museum, inn

Newly published is “The Wisconsin Passage: an Adventure in the Handmade, Homegrown and Historical Offerings of Wisconsin from the Mississippi River to Lake Superior,” a 208-page, paperback guide to 13 counties in the state’s mysterious northwest corner. “The book is the culmination of a dream that began 12 years ago when a group of northwest(…)

Making magic: Houdini, other tricksters

Would you go out of your way to watch a guy escape from a straitjacket? How about if he was hanging upside-down outdoors, several stories higher than your neck could stretch? The peculiar antics of Harry Houdini, 1874-1926, easily drew curious crowds by the hundreds. We have long known of Houdini as an escape artist(…)

Valentine ideas, to enhance romance

Maybe you give or get roses by the dozen during this month of love, and that’s fine, but don’t dismiss other ways to freshen up affections. For example: Many recreational areas in the state arrange snowshoeing, hiking or cross-country skiing by candlelight during this time of year, and the state Department of Natural Resources compiles(…)

Art, history, cultural museums will expand

When something is of value, you take care of it, but this becomes more challenging during tough economic times. Here are five historic and cultural attractions in Wisconsin that aim to push ahead with plans to expand; consider a donation to these or other causes that you favor. — Museum of Wisconsin Art, 300 S.(…)

College museums: majors in birds to geology

Freethinkers buck conventional thinking and make their way through the world in unusual ways. This is the way I peg James Newman Clark. The Meridean farmer, southwest of Eau Claire, in the late 1800s successfully grew ginseng and goldenseal, both medicinal plants. Taxidermy of birds began as a hobby, then turned into a second business.(…)