The Great Libraries of UW-Madison – A History of Transformation

April 7, 2017

Join distinguished University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty member William Cronon ’76, Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies; and a Curator Emeritus of the Wisconsin Historical Society, for an evening celebrating the rich history of UW–Madison Libraries. Professor Cronon will share stories about how the libraries have, for many decades, preserved knowledge, made research openly available, and supported students, professors, and members of the public — and how that is changing as we move into an increasingly digital future.


5:30 p.m. Registration, Main Floor

6 p.m. Social hour, Main Floor Enjoy pairings of Botham Vineyards wine with Uplands Cheese and specially crafted Wisconsin delicacies served by the University Club chef

7 p.m. Presentation by William Cronon, Auditorium

8 p.m. Dessert and coffee, Main Floor

RSVP by May 1 at or

Cost: $100 per guest ($60 of each ticket is a tax-deductible gift to the UW–Madison Libraries)

Questions about the event? Please contact Nathan Kuenzi at or at 608-308-5419. For all other questions, contact Erica Perrin at or at 608-347-1175.

We extend a special thank you to local Wisconsin producers Peter ’79 and Sarah Botham of Botham Vineyards, and Andy FISC’07 and Caitlin Hatch of Uplands Cheese for this evening’s wine and cheese selections. Additional hors d’oeuvres and desserts will also be on hand to enjoy. We are grateful to the Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries for their support of this event.