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Wiki Work, Redux

Today I read seven articles on Wikipedia, written by historians, assigned by the professor of my Digital History class. I wish I’d read the articles before I practiced being a Wikipedia editor. Knowing nothing, I quickly reviewed a few tutorials … Continue reading

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Wiki Work

My assignment for my Digital History class this week was to update or create a new Wikipedia entry. I forgot. So, today I gave it a try. I started with ambitious plans to create the first John Plankinton wiki entry. … Continue reading

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It Happened Right Here

In an effort to inflict some discipline on my writing habits and to share interesting historical happenings I discover about my hometown area, I have been writing a local history column about Aurora County, South Dakota, since January of 2013. … Continue reading

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More of the Plankinton Experience

Adding to our Plankinton experience, we are leasing an apartment on the third floor of the Plankinton building for 12 months. We leased the space to explore downtown Milwaukee on weekends, provide a writing retreat for me during the week, … Continue reading

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Use better sight to cite a site

It’s been awhile, but I’m back. In my newest endeavor to improve my skills, I have started writing a monthly local history column for the Plankinton weekly newspaper, The South Dakota Mail. As soon as I clean up the citations … Continue reading

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Blogging with Benefits

Last week I was recognized by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for solving a history mystery – that is, successfully researching the true date of the Plankinton statue. While my primary purpose for this blog was to practice using technology to … Continue reading

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Building the Historical Narrative

I’m on a mission to write the Plankinton story.  Join me on this journey of discovery – with some side trips to correct old errors and fix any new ones I make along the way. Stay tuned and chime in!

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Nine feet high, Not!

Here’s a lesson in carefully reading your source: In the previous post I paraphrased the 1892 newspaper article and wrote that the pedestal was nine feet high. After a more careful reading of the original source, I discovered my mistake. … Continue reading

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True date of Plankinton Statue in Plankinton Arcade is 1892

Two stories published in the 1892 Milwaukee Journal reference the installation of the John Plankinton Statue in the Plankinton Hotel lobby rotunda. The statue was placed on a pedestal, nine feet high, (correction: statue and pedestal together are nine feet … Continue reading

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How old is Plankinton Statue? 144, 129 or just 120 years old?

Plankinton Statue dated to 1883 Date of Plankinton statue is in dispute. Many sources claim the statue is 144 years old (1868), but it is more likely to have been created during the mid 1880’s when the sculptor, R. H. … Continue reading

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