Our Wisconsin

An Unabashedly Wisconsin celebration of our state’s people, places and stories


Holy Wisdom Monastery in Dane County. (Photos by Mary Bergin)
This Former Monastery in Dane County Might Be the Escape We All Need Right Now

Now a retreat for single or multi-day visits, it offers spiritual solace, natural solitude, and environmental stewardship.

A Confederate Memorial to Jefferson Davis in Wisconsin? Yes, and It May Be There for a While.
A Confederate Memorial to Jefferson Davis in Wisconsin? Yes, and It May Be There for a While.

The plaque in Prairie du Chien, purportedly honoring his early military service, went up decades after his death as an effort to recast the Civil War.

'That Tree" was made famous by photographer Mark Hirsch. (Photo by Mark Hirsch)
‘That Tree’: Wisconsinites Mourn Ancient Burr Oak Felled by Storms

Mark Hirsch, whose photographs made it famous, reflects on his connection with a 160-year-old friend.

Art at Home? In Sign of the Times, an Eclectic Art Center in Hollandale Pivots to Virtual Classes.
Art at Home? In Sign of the Times, an Eclectic Art Center in Hollandale Pivots to Virtual Classes.

One instructor says the virtual classes, art in general, “helps keep people sane during turbulent times.”

Vino Over the Valley in Arcadia, Wis.
The Cure for COVID Stress? A ‘Great River Road’ Getaway.

Here are 16 suggestions for stops along a stunning stretch of hills, valleys, and the mighty Mississippi.

Friends Split $22 Million Lottery Because of Handshake Nearly 30 Years Ago
Friends Split $22 Million Lottery Because of Handshake Nearly 30 Years Ago

The two Wisconsin men agreed to split their winnings with a handshake in 1992.

Free Food Stand Helps Fill A Racine Food Desert
Woman Sets Up Free Food Stand to Fight Racine’s Food Desert

Woman provides food for a neighborhood with grocery stores close by.