Kait and the Badger

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Moving Forward. Looking Back. (Final Edition!)

When I started this project last year, I had no idea how foundational it would be to my time at UW-Madison. Each week, I discover a new building, a new mural or something hidden in the archives that tells our campus’s story. As a transfer student living off-campus, I sometimes feel like I’ve floated through my years here, but this project has given me the opportunity to engage with our community in such a perfect way.

I’m a journalist, which means that above all, I’m insanely curious about everything. The “Moving Forward. Looking Back” project has let me answer so many questions about who we are as Badgers. I’ve talked with librarians, geologists, artists and psychologists. I’ve explored the most high-traffic buildings and gotten lost in tiny alcoves hidden away on campus. If you’re around for another year or two, I encourage you to do the same! I’ve never had the time to join a club, and it’s been a challenge making a place for myself here, but just exploring campus gave me a sense of belonging.

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This last photo in the series shows a snapshot of the exterior of Memorial Library in 1962. The flower beds have changed, but despite all the construction, Library Mall remains a hub for anyone on campus.

We’re evolving, and this photo essay was one way to show it. All my gratitude goes out to the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections and their amazing staff, who made this project possible. Thanks again, for taking a look!

Moving Forward. Looking Back.

I have to say, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to fashion. If my shoes match any part of my outfit, it’s a good day. These women, photographed in front of Memorial Library in 1961, put me to shame. Fur, pearls and a herringbone coat!

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We’re evolving, and this photo essay is one way to show it. If you have an idea for a photo, or if you see an image in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, that inspires you, share it! Email KaitandtheBadger@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to bring your submissions to life!

Moving Forward. Looking Back.

Apparently winter isn’t over, but at least most of the mid-April snow we saw melted already. While you’re cursing Wisconsin’s weather patterns, check out this springtime photo, taken between 1920 and 1929, of an old university truck in front of the Stock Pavilion!

StockPavilionThe Department of Agricultural Engineering’s trucks look a little different today than they did in the 1920s, but the Stock Pavilion’s classic architecture remains unchanged.

We’re evolving, and this photo essay is one way to show it. If you have an idea for a photo, or if you see an image in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, that inspires you, share it! Email KaitandtheBadger@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to bring your submissions to life!

Moving Forward. Looking Back.

Winter is officially over (fingers crossed)! In honor of a brand new construction season, check out this amazing photo, taken while the Education Building was being constructed.

_MG_9570 The Education Building was just being constructed in the spring of 1900. Although the trees have gotten quite a bit larger and the sidewalks wider, over a century later students still pass this iconic – and largely unchanged – facade each day.

We’re evolving, and this photo essay is one way to show it. If you have an idea for a photo, or if you see an image in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, that inspires you, share it! Email KaitandtheBadger@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to bring your submissions to life!

Moving Forward. Looking Back.

Living in a residence hall is one of the most timeless experiences of college. Each of the 19 residence halls on UW-Madison’s campus has a rich history, and each room can tell a story.

Chadbourne1Chadbourne Hall was born in 1901. It has seen quite a few renovations since then, but you’ll still find students studying and spending their free time in the residence hall, enjoying a stunning view of Capitol Square.

We’re evolving, and this photo essay is one way to show it. If you have an idea for a photo, or if you see an image in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, that inspires you, share it! Email KaitandtheBadger@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to bring your submissions to life!

Moving Forward. Looking Back.

The sun is starting to make a dent in the piles of snow around campus, and after over 100 years, students are still relieved to feel some warmth after a long winter. This photo is one small record of the winters we endure and the springs we celebrate in Wisconsin, year in and year out.Linden

Although the Nutritional Sciences building began as the orthopedic hospital, the facade remains largely unchanged. The beautiful building – constructed and shown here in 1930 – is still a part of the scenic Linden Drive, and whether it’s surrounded by Model Ts or Pontiacs, it’s still full of students.

We’re evolving, and this photo essay is one way to show it. If you have an idea for a photo, or if you see an image in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, that inspires you, share it! Email KaitandtheBadger@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to bring your submissions to life!

Moving Forward. Looking Back.

I love to look through century-old photos of UW-Madison’s wintry campus. It’s fascinating how we’ve dealt with the elements all these years. Fur and felt have turned into Thinsulate and Gore-Tex, but I think the resilience of the professors, students and staff that trek up and down Bascom each day is largely the same.

IMG_8340In 1936, UW-Madison’s Carillon on University Drive had just been built. In this photo, the iconic tower barely has a base on its foundation, but today the ivy-covered sentinel is one of the beautiful historic buildings that makes our campus unique.

We’re evolving, and this photo essay is one way to show it. If you have an idea for a photo, or if you see an image in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, that inspires you, share it! Email KaitandtheBadger@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to bring your submissions to life!

Moving Forward. Looking Back.

Thousands of students’ time at UW-Madison is defined each year by the university’s residence halls. Whether you spend your first years on campus in Sellery, Ogg or Dejope, you’re living a part of the Wisconsin Experience.

LizWatersElizabeth Waters is one of the most well-recognized residence halls on campus, and has a lifetime of stories to tell. The traditional architecture is largely untouched, and the view of Lake Mendota is still fantastic. if you’re staying there, you’re making history!

We’re evolving, and this photo essay is one way to show it. If you have an idea for a photo, or if you see an image in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, that inspires you, share it! Email KaitandtheBadger@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to bring your submissions to life!

Moving Forward. Looking Back.

The past few days have felt like spring, despite the ice and slush. If you’re not outside enjoying the sunshine for a change, take a look at this view of Science Hall under a blanket of snow.

ScienceHallIt’s hard to believe, but Science Hall wasn’t always surrounded by construction crews and equipment. Long before cars filed past Memorial Union, a broad and quiet Langdon Street led to this iconic building. Would you take a horse and buggy or streetcar to class?

We’re evolving, and this photo essay is one way to show it. If you have an idea for a photo, or if you see an image in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, that inspires you, share it! Email KaitandtheBadger@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to bring your submissions to life!

Moving Forward. Looking Back.

A little snow and ice never stopped business on State Street. The University Book Store is still full of students, even when the wind is howling.

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Sixty years ago, Walgreen’s was Rennebohm’s Drug Store, but the intersection at Lake and State street was still an important hub on campus.

We’re evolving, and this photo essay is one way to show it. If you have an idea for a photo, or if you see an image in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, that inspires you, share it! Email KaitandtheBadger@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to bring your submissions to life!

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