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Wisconsin culture and traditions

Over seventy years in the making, the Mattison Brothers Circus brings the 1920s-era Midway to life—at 1/25th scale. 

Bottles of New Glarus Brewing Company's signature beer come off the production line. Soon, all New Glarus bottles will be sourced from Ardagh glass manufacturing plant in Burlington, adding another dimension to the Spotted Cow tagline: Only in Wisconsin. Photo by Andy Manis.

The story of Dan and Deb Carey, the dynamic duo behind Wisconsin's most iconic beer.

The professor behind U-Boo's Cheesehead Lit 101 asks: What makes a distinctly Wisconsin author?

Beaders (l to r) Sandra Gauthier, Judith Jourdan, and Betty Willems at an Oneida Nation Arts Program workshop in 2013. Learn more about Oneida raised beadwork. Photo by Anne Pryor.

Raised beadwork has powerful cultural and historic meanings for the Oneida Nation.

How can specific investments in the knowledge economy and our creative sectors make a brighter future for Wisconsin?

Above (l to r): Ruthie Krause, Rick Krause, a festival volunteer, and Ben Doran lead a group sing along at the 2013 Gandy Dancer Festival in Mazomanie.

Summer is the time when Wisconsin cities, towns, and villages play host to a phenomenon not unlike a religious revival meeting.

Po Lo tastes a new batch of Yerlo direct from the still. Yeast cakes filled with sweet Thai rice provide the distinctive flavor for Lo’s twist on traditional Hmong spirits.

If you ever grow tired of the typical brandy old-fashioned sweet, you might want to try Po Lo’s exotic twist on Wisconsin’s state cocktail.

“Door County is such an amazingly beautiful place, and, for all the faults, there’s a kindness and a caring in the people scraping out a life there. ... It’s much more than fish boils, cherries, and goats.”

Margarita Sandoval Skare and Alberto Cardenas perform with Grupo Renacer

"Mariachi music means joy and courage to face life, from birth through death,” says master mariachi musician Alberto Cardenas.

Sandra Wescott Gauthier, My Backyard Birds Vase (detail), 2016. Glass beads, velvet, calico
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Showcasing the work of Wisconsin Oneida artists dedicated to the survival of one of their most important artistic traditions: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) raised beadwork.

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Madison, Wisconsin 53726
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Madison, WI 53703
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