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.
In 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!