Starting Monday, we’ll be travelling along, sleeping by, and examining how people interact with water. From Appleton and Oshkosh on the shore of Lake Winnebago, up and down the Fox River, at the southern tip of Green Bay, from Algoma to Sheboygan along Lake Michigan, and finally to High Cliff Park above Lake Winnebago, we will investigate a few cultural dimensions of water. We’ll explore early shoreline settlements, transportation (on board the Foxy Lady), industrial uses, engineering projects, boat building, commercial and recreational fishing, a Coast Guard station, wastewater treatment, recreation (surfing), and folk arts (decoy carving, storytelling).
There will be other themes of course (e.g. foodways, ethnicity, weather and climate, energy sources, occupations), and folk arts and recreation in additional contexts. But more than anything else, we’ll be immersed in waterways.