Radio Chipstone: The Man On The Square

Feb 23, 2019

Wisconsin has its fair share of monuments. Maybe there's even one in your neighborhood. But do you know who or what it commemorates or why it's there?

Hillary Morgan Leathem is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She has roots in Madison and like material culture contributor Gianofer Fields, she has often passed by a particular monument located on the grounds of the State Capitol. But neither of them knows who he is or why he's there.

In this edition of Radio Chipstone, and in the relative warmth of an atrium across the street from the Capital, Leathem braves the Polar Vortex to verify the identity of the man on the square:

Material culture contributor Gianofer Fields curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is funded by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.