Patty Loew to talk about Native American history in Wisconsin

March 4, 2014
History Symposium

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Patty Loew, former co-host of “In Wisconsin” on WHA-TV (PBS) and author of “Indian Nations of Wisconsin,” will present the keynote address “Dances with History: An Indigenous Approach to Recounting the Past” at the Wisconsin History Symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on April 4. Loew’s talk is one of several sessions devoted to Wisconsin’s Native American tribes.

At the Wisconsin History Symposium, professional historians and local history researchers will give papers and presentations about Wisconsin’s history as it relates to the theme “Wisconsin: People and the Land.” Participants will be able to choose from more than 35 topics, including the early years of the Lead Mine District; the history of land use in Wisconsin; prehistoric and historic archaeology; the struggle of minorities and women in Wisconsin history; and more. The public is invited to register. Registration deadline is March 20.

The symposium will kick off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, with a folk concert by Lee Murdock, historical singer/songwriter, who will perform his “Songs of the Great Lakes” at the Platteville City Auditorium, 75 Bonson Street, Platteville. Tickets for this event may be purchased at the door; $12 for general admission and $8 for students.

In conjunction with the symposium, an art exhibit of works related to the theme will be displayed in UW-Platteville’s Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery and the first-of-its-kind Wisconsin history film festival can be viewed throughout the two-day conference.

For more information and to register, go to the symposium website /history-symposium.

Contact: Tracey Lee Roberts, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, (608) 342-6159,

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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