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Rural history project seeks first-person histories

9:20 AM, Apr. 30, 2013
Author Ed Janus will work with volunteer oral historians to collect tales from Wisconsin's rural past. Photo courtesy Ed Janus
Author Ed Janus will work with volunteer oral historians to collect tales from Wisconsin's rural past. Photo courtesy Ed Janus
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Ed Janus wants to preserve your grandpa's stories about the farm.

And he wants you to help him do it. Janus, of Madison, is the author of "Creating Dairyland: How Caring for Cows Saved Our Soil, Created Our Landscape, Brought Prosperity to Our State and Still Shapes Our Way of Life in Wisconsin," a book published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Now, he envisions a website that would collect people's first-person memories and stories of rural Wisconsin.

He's linked up with the Wisconsin Institute of Public Policy and Service, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Marathon ...

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