About This Section

2019. This section includes saved posts written during graduate school. All Things Plankinton includes posts about classes I took during graduate school as well as history about my hometown, Plankinton, in Aurora County, South Dakota, and the Plankinton family of Milwaukee.


This site is a place to discuss my history projects. I’m using this as a practical experience to learn new technology tools for creating digital histories. Oh, yes.  I’m  a graduate student at UW-Milwaukee studying public history. We’ll see how this goes!

I’m currently working on my master’s thesis to study rural women in a small county in South Dakota in the frontier era, 1880-1920. I’m writing about the research process as I work to implement a methodology using Zotero.

When I created this site, I was on a mission to create the Plankinton history.  That included John Plankinton, a wealthy business man and one of the early industrialists in Milwaukee in the later half of the nineteenth century; his daughter Elizabeth, a wealthy patron of the arts and rejected bride, and the town of Plankinton, for which no history has been written. I’ve since broadened the place history to include all of Aurora County, where Plankinton is the county seat.  I’ve been writing a local newspaper column about the county history and have uploaded a few of those stories to this site under the tab It Happened Right Here.

2 Responses to About This Section

  1. Jim Stingl says:

    I just discovered your blog. I’m Jim Stingl at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and I’m planning to write somethign about the confusion over the vintage of the statue. Contact me at the paper at 414-224-2017 or jstingl@jrn.com

  2. Adam Arenson says:

    My research is intersecting with the Plankinton House hotels — both in Milwaukee and, it seems, in Detroit: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dpa1ic/x-eb02c244/eb02c244___tif Please contact me so we can discuss it further.

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