today are paying attention to this year's presidential election. How can they
not, what with the Democratic primaries dominating news cycles and even pop
culture? "That's the Ticket! A Parade of Presidential Elections," a new exhibit
at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, seeks to give future voters a better
understanding of how we got to where we are. The exhibit begins in 1856, the
first year in which Democrats faced off against Republicans (who founded their
party two years earlier in Ripon, Wis.).
Also covered: The major parties' candidates for president and veep, campaign and election highlights, electoral maps, newspaper photos and a colorful collection of artifacts (that includes a Teddy Roosevelt bandana from 1912, a John F. Kennedy car-antenna flag from 1960 and Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan pocketknives from 1980). The exhibit closes Nov. 8 four days after America elects its 44th president. More at 608-264-6555; wisconsinhistory.org/museum.
Yahara Fishing Club's Kids Fishing Day means free rods and reels to the first
250 kids under the age of 14 who land on the shores of Willow Island at the
Alliant Energy Center, between 9 am and 1 pm on June 7. Kids who bring their
own gear will receive a free tackle box. Free live bait, instruction from club
members and hot dogs will be part of the festivities. The goal, says Yahara
Fishing Club President Larry Kopf, is to give children and parents an
opportunity to discover fishing as a family activity. More than 350 kids are
expected to participate, and adults who join them do not need a license that
day. June 7-8 is the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Free Fishing
Weekend, so no licenses will be required to cast a line in any of the state's
15,000 lakes and 42,000 miles of rivers and streams. On other days, children
under 16 do not need a license, but adults who help a boy or girl cast a line
or reel in a catch must have one, because they are then considered by the DNR's
watchful wardens to be fishing. More at dnr.wi.gov.
By Justin Parpan
and your kids loved the vintage Route 66 backgrounds in the animated movie
Cars, pick up this quirky children's picture book. Gwango is a lonely dinosaur
wandering a retro-style desert California populated by "weary truck drivers and
gas station attendants," Winnebago campers and drive-in movie theaters. His
search for a companion takes him through the remnants of the golden age of the
open road, which is represented through modern illustrations by writer Justin Parpan.
The book is published by Red Cygnet Press, which works with top college art departments to develop picture books with talented students. More at redcygnet.com.