Release Date: Tue, Mar 5, 2024

Explore Wisconsin history through artifacts with PBS Wisconsin Education’s new 'The Look Back' collection

Explore Wisconsin history through artifacts with PBS Wisconsin Education’s new The Look Back collection

PBS Wisconsin Education announces the launch of a new education series called The Look Back, which explores eras from Wisconsin’s history through artifacts.

The collection, created for learners in grades 4-6, features 11 short episodes hosted by Wisconsin-based historians who share artifacts, ask questions, visit archives and museums, tell the story of their findings and make connections to our lives today.

The Look Back is an exciting new approach for learners to examine Wisconsin history through interesting artifacts presented by compelling people,” said PBS Wisconsin Education Director Megan Monday.

The hosts examine items spanning eras in Wisconsin history, beginning before Wisconsin’s statehood with Ho-Chunk dugout canoes and traveling to the modern day with Trek bicycles.

Hosts of The Look Back episodes include:

  • Taylor Bailey, UW–Madison Rebecca M. Blank Center for Campus History
  • Sergio González, Latinx Studies at Marquette University
  • Kacie Lucchini Butcher, UW–Madison Rebecca M. Blank Center for Campus History
  • Cat (Catherine) Phan, UW–Madison Libraries
  • Nick (Nicholas) Hoffman, Wisconsin Historical Society

The first season of engaging episodes and educator support materials is available at

The Look Back was made in collaboration with the Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries, UW–Madison’s Rebecca M. Blank Center for Campus History, Wisconsin educators and learners, and museums around the state.

Funding for The Look Back is provided by the Timothy William Trout Education Fund, a gift of Monroe and Sandra Trout, the Eleanor and Thomas Wildrick Family, the Focus Fund for Education, and Friends of PBS Wisconsin.

PBS Wisconsin is a service of the Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

PBS Wisconsin is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA-TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.


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