Escaping to Wisconsin's 7 folk schools, where the past meets the present
Wisconsin has one of the highest number of folk schools in the country and they are bringing timeless skills—like sewing or woodworking—to new generations.
In this month’s issue of Milwaukee Magazine, Kristine Hansen took a look into the lasting legacy of folk schools. Hansen is a contributing writer to Milwaukee Magazine and is an author of several books about Wisconsin. She shares more about what she learned.
"What's interesting about these schools is that they're teaching you skills that years ago, you might have learned from your grandparents or your great grandparents," she says. "As we progress, a lot of these skills are being lost, right? We're in a modern age, a modern society."
Hansen says there are seven folk schools in Wisconsin. And she shares that Wisconsin is tied with Minnesota for having the highest number of folks schools in any state in the country.
Many classes over the summer are in high demand and most are sold out. Folks schools offer a little bit of everything and after the pandemic, she says people want to get away from their screens.
"These folks achools are really not that far. Very convenient for a weekend trip. All of these schools, they are really great at connecting the students with overnight housing while you're there. There's also Airbnbs. In fact, you might even find a farm to stay on while you're learning how to live on a farm," says Hansen.
Editor's Note: This story was first published July 14, 2022.