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How-to strategies for African American genealogy

Documenting your family can be a lot of fun and, thanks to the Internet, easier than ever. But it remains a challenge to many. "Because of the disrespect that record keepers had at different periods toward African Americans, they weren't fully documented," says Lori Bessler, reference librarian and outreach coordinator at the Wisconsin Historical Society. >More
 Lost Madison: A Facebook page revives the city's magical past

If the number of construction crews in town is any indication, Madison is finally figuring out what it wants to be -- or at least how it wants to look -- in the 21st century. Sometimes change is excruciating, and other times we only notice it in retrospect. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Freedom Summer in Madison

Isthmus contributor Stu Levitan reported on the civil rights movement's impact on Madison during the Freedom Summer of 1964 in the July 4 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the July 3 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 1964: When civil rights were controversial in Madison

Fifty years ago this summer, the national fight for civil rights echoed locally, dominating Madison's political and cultural agenda with martyrs, legends and a new homegrown black star. "The national and local issues came and went on the same tide," recalls Jim Sykes, then the program director for the now defunct university YMCA. A civil rights activist, Sykes recalls Madison as "a very divided community." >More
 The greening of Madison: Celebrating 120 years of the city's parks

The Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association was founded 120 years ago July 10. The group's successor, today's Madison Parks Foundation, will mark the anniversary with a variety of special events. "The foresight of the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association is the most amazing gift, and truly without precedent anywhere else in the country," says Grant Frautschi, president of the Madison Parks Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2003. >More
 My love affair with Wisconsin homeboy Harry Houdini

Magician Harry Houdini conquered the world with his daring escapes, but he was a Wisconsin boy at heart. He grew up as Ehrich Weiss in Appleton in the late 19th century and loved returning there even after he became a showbiz sensation. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: How Madison reacted to the JFK assassination

Isthmus contributor Stuart Levitan reports on Madisonians' recollections of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the November 15 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the November 14 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison remembers JFK

Residents reacted to the president's assassination with tears, music, prayers and, in some cases, cheers. >More
 When sex ruled Capitol Square

The Snuggle House, a new downtown business offering "therapeutic touch," has vowed to steer clear of sexual activity. Ironically, in choosing 123 E. Main St. as its location, it is in the heart of Madison's former red light district. >More
 Madison's Heritage Tree program honors our voiceless companions

The city recently recognized some notable Madisonians with deep roots in the community. They're trees. >More
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