Who Are We?

"Wisconsin History Day by Day" was created in 1997 in the form of a desk calendar in anticipation of Wisconsin's sesquicentennial in 1998. The desk calendar is perpetual, meaning it is not confined to one calendar year, but rather can be used year after year. By putting the pages from the calendar on a Web site, it has allowed us to expand the historical information by providing related links found on the Internet. The Web site for "Wisconsin History Day by Day," wishistorycom, made its debut in May 2002.

Both versions of "Wisconsin History Day by Day," the calendar and Web site, were created by Ron Larson. Ron earned a bachelor's degree in history from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, in 1976. He received his master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978. Since that time, he has been the library director at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison.

As library director at the Wisconsin State Journal, Ron has done extensive research on a number of topics. As a local historian, he has researched and written many publications that focus on Wisconsin and local history and has volunteered as a member of the board of directors at the McFarland Historical Society for 15 years.