Section: History Symposium


This Material Refers to the April 2014 Symposium. Check back for 2016 Symposium details!

"People and the Land"

APRIL 3-5, 2014

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the first annual Wisconsin History Symposium. 

Please join us for a two-day gathering focused on the history of Wisconsin. Professional and avocational historians, archeologists, social scientists, as well as museum professionals, teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, and the general public are encouraged to take part in this Symposium, the first of its kind in several decades.  

To register go to the Register page.

The 2014 Wisconsin History Symposium is a new initiative of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's History Department in conjunction with the Dean’s Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Education and the UW-Platteville's Vice Chancellor’s Office.

The Symposium will include papers and presentations related the 2014 Symposium theme “People and the Land”. Keynote speakers Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, Ohio State and Patty Loew, UW-Wisconsin will offer new research and perspectives.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers to our Academic Achievement Award contest where cash prizes will be offered for the best papers.

The Symposium will kick off on Thursday evening April 3rd with a rousing folk concert by Lee Murdock, historical singer/songwriter, who will entertain us with his “Songs of the Great Lakes”. His music is grounded in the work song tradition- from the rugged days of lumberjacks to the wooden sailing schooners.

Throughout the two-day Symposium, a thoughtful art exhibit of works related to the Conference Theme “People and the Land” will be displayed  in the University Nohr Gallery. Artists are encouraged to see the guidelines for submission.

In addition, the first of its kind History of Wisconsin Film Festival can be viewed throughout the two-day conference. A list of films and times of viewing can be found on our Film page.

Please check this website for more information as we continue to add information. If you have any questions, contact Tracey Lee Roberts at 608.342.6159 or send e-mail to

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