2017: CLIMATE CHANGE IN WISCONSIN'S PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

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2016: A RIVER AND ITS WATERSHED

Many thanks to the 43 participants in this year's Place-Based Workshop, "A River and Its Watershed." By boat, bus, and on foot, our group explored the banks of the Upper Mississippi River between Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and St. Louis, Missouri. Along the way we asked ourselves: what sorts of questions might a geomorphologist, historian, or anthropologist ask as the scale of a watershed? What new insights can we gain by putting ourselves as scholars out into the landscape?

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2015: SACRED SPACE, PLACE, AND TIME

In 2015, CHE traveled through Wisconsin and eastern Iowa to explore landscapes that different communities describe as sacred. Through what practices and processes does a place become sacred? To whom is it sacred? What does sacrality look like for faith-based communities, for secular communities, and for those who categorize themselves differently? The trip offered our group opportunity to reflect on the place of sacrality and ritual in our own lives.

See a map of our trip.

2014: LANDSCAPES OF EXTRACTION

In 2014, CHE traveled throughout northern Wisconsin to explore landscapes of extraction. We focused on three types of extraction: frac sand, iron, and high-capacity wells, and tried to understand how pulling resources from out of the ground shapes our economies, our landscapes, and our ways of life.

2013: URBAN AGRICULTURE

In May 2013, CHE explored how agriculture is reshaping urban landscapes and communities. See our storymap for reflections on the places we visited.
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2012: VERNACULAR LANDSCAPES OF SOUTHWEST WI AND GREATER MADISON

This workshop explored the cultural and built landscapes of southwest Wisconsin and the Madison region with the help of the organizers of this year's Vernacular Architecture Conference in Madison -- CHE's Anna Andrzejewski and Arne Alanen.

2011: LANDSCAPES OF HEALTH

In May 2011, CHE's annual Place-Based Workshop explored a diverse set of "Landscapes of Health" around Wisconsin.
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2010: ENERGY IN THE UPPER MIDWEST

Participants of CHE's 2010 workshop, Energy in the Upper Midwest, traveled to different sites of energy production, consumption, and distribution in Wisconsin and Illinois.
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2009: CHICAGO AND INDIANA DUNES

2009's Chicago and Indiana Dunes Place-Based Workshop was one of CHE's most ambitious workshops on record. The workshop explored themes relating to the history of ecology, environmental justice, and the history of the natural and built environments in Chicago and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
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2008: AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPES OF SOUTHERN WISCONSIN

In 2008, CHE workshop members explored agricultural landscapes of southwestern Wisconsin.

2007: APOSTLE ISLANDS

In the spring of 2007, CHE faculty and students traveled to the Apostle Islands region of northern Wisconsin for 5 days to explore the many facets of the region's rich cultural, environmental, and social history.

2006: CHICO HOT SPRINGS

The first faculty-graduate student workshop took place through an evolving partnership with Montana State University. Approximately 12 Nelson Institute-associated faculty and graduate students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison participated in a workshop in January of 2007 at Chico Hot Springs, just outside Yellowstone National Park, devoted to exploring particular issues at the interdisciplinary intersection of environmental history, history of science, history of technology, and conservation biology.