On Wisconsin!

Says it all. This picture is making the rounds on Facebook this weekend along with the story that a Madison pizza joint is getting orders from around the country and other countries including Egypt to be donated to protesters at the state Capitol.

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Newberry Colloquium

I was back in Chicago a few weeks ago and gave a presentation on Frontier to Heartland to the folks at my old home base.  It was a modified “When did the Midwest Become the Heartland” theme, with an added introduction to the website.  Good conversation afterward about the use of the term “heartland,” its political valances and precursors, and the challenge of describing the region as a region.

Here are a few charts from the talk on which states were most “heartlandy” based on New York Times articles. “Heartland” and “Iowa” became a much more common combination during the 1980s than it had been in the 1960s.  Not surprisingly, articles in the Chicago Tribune more often linked Illinois and “heartland.”

Here are the slides Newberry Colloquium 11/17/2010.

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Coming Soon: Frontier to Heartland


I am excited to report that an online exhibit I have curated for the Newberry Library is moving toward its virtual opening day.

The project team is still hammering out a few kinks, but it’s close enough for visitors to take a sneak peek.  So over the next few weeks I’ll be writing short posts to highlight some of my favorite images from the collection here and on Bughouse Square.

Today’s image is for Loretta, who is all to familiar with this project.  It is a reproduction of one of a number of paintings that formed a quarter mile long panorama of the Mississippi River.  The artist, Henry Lewis, took several raft trips on the river between 1846 and 1848, then turned his sketches into a massive landscape scenes.  The panorama was a popular theater event across the “west” and then in Europe.  Lewis settled in Germany, where this image was published in 1857.  Lewis’s was one of several panoramic images attracting audiences at the time.  They were proto-films, mounted on giant rollers that advanced to recreate the experience of floating downstream.

To see more of the project, click through the image.  Let me know what you think.

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Mapping “Heartland Health”

This is the GoogleMaps return for “heartland health”:

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Mapping “Heartland Church”

This is the GoogleMaps return on “heartland church”:

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