A Book in Hand

•Doris CAVES book cover-1What a joy to come home yesterday to find the eagerly awaited carton at our back door! The feeling of this book in hand powers connections with all the mines, tunnels, and caves ever visited, especially those in our neighboring state of Minnesota.

Coauthored with Greg Brick, PhD., Minnesota Underground: Caves & Karst, Mines & Tunnels is available from the publisher with free shipping until Dec. 15.

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

Doris is excited to speak about Wisconsin caves on a panel, “Nature–Our Home,” at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, during the 10th Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books. The panel also features Marcia Bjornerud, geologist and author of Timefulness, and Michael Edmonds, historian and author of Taking Flight.

This is the 10th anniversary year of the Festival, which welcomes readers of all ages to the UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha, 1500 N. University Drive. There is no cost for most sessions. Learn more at www.sewibookfest.com.

Also, remember to register for Jerry Dorsheid’s presentation of late 20th-century slides from the Neda Mine. The presentation is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. in Arena, Wisconsin. Information: contact Doris at greenknightd@outlook.com.

The Bat Show: Nov. 5 in Arena

Jerry Dorsheid, who currently serves on the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board, will present 30 slides from the 1996 Neda Mine Bat Project. The former iron mine is located in the Niagara Escarpment near Mayville.

 When: Tuesday, November 5, beginning at 7 p.m.

 Where: Arena, Wisconsin.

 RSVP & Directions: Email greenknightd@outlook.com. Space is limited.

Fall Presentations: ‘Wisconsin Underground’

What a cool, colorful season to talk with readers interested in caves, mines, tunnels, family history, and other passages to adventure! Looking forward to meeting and learning from folks at these events:

  • Monday, September 23, 7 p.m., Kiel Public Library
  • Tuesday, September 24, 10 a.m., Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake
  • Monday, October 7, 2 p.m., Neenah Public Library
  • Thursday, October 10, 12 p.m., Fond du Lac Public Library women’s group
  • Saturday – Sunday, October 19 – 20, Wyoming Valley School, Spring Green

Whether it’s an unusual geologic feature, local history tale, or genealogy mystery, come ready to listen and share if desired. Books available for purchase and signing following the PowerPoint presentations.

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Wonder Cave

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Wish I’d visited Wonder Cave in time to include it in Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels In and Around the Badger State.

Rudolph Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave fulfilled Fr. Philip Wagner’s promise to Mary, years after he experienced a healing at Lourdes. Construction of the glass- and tile-embellished rock grotto began in 1919. A single corkscrew-like passage with several stairways begins near the bottom of the man-made mound and winds to the top and back down before exiting on the other side of the rock mound. The low, narrow one-fifth mile pathway passes by numerous niches and alcoves filled with statues and religious messages.

Location: Rudolph, Wisconsin (near Wisconsin Rapids). Cost to tour cave: $3; no cost to tour gardens.

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Bunnies and Book Talks

Some summers bring raccoons or woodchucks everywhere. This summer, the numbers of bunnies bopping across the road in front of my car make driving on township roads feel like dodging kernels inside of a popcorn popper.

Like the fireflies and the season’s first glimpse of an antlered buck, the bunnies distract me. Still, I’m looking forward to talking about Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels at these libraries:

And bunnies have their place, too.

Thanks to Libraries, a Reviewer, Readers

Here’s to all readers who engaged in discussions at recent library book talks and taught me much! From a report of Westby cave items now housed at the Smithsonian to a tour of haunted subterranean spaces at Bong State Recreation Area, I have plenty of leads to follow up on new Wisconsin Underground sites.

Thanks, too, to Joel Patenaude for his review of Elsie’s Story in Madison Magazine. The books may be published, but the discussions and explorations continue…

Cave Interest High in Vernon County

Summer in Wisconsin brings many welcome returns–like the Luna moth attached to our kitchen window screen, the groundhog kits playing under the lower deck, and connections with people intrigued by the state’s underground sites. I’ll be talking about caves, mines, and tunnels with folks in Vernon County, beginning June 4:

I’ll be meeting more folks interested in Wisconsin’s subterranean attractions on Friday, June 7, at The Village Booksmith in Baraboo. Finally, here’s a photo from a recent evening talk in the children’s room at the DeForest Area Public Library:

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To Learn and To Share, Part 2

First, thanks to Carol Koby for an enjoyable conversation about all things underground in Wisconsin. The interview was broadcast on April 27 as part of her wonderful long-running program, All About Living, and will soon be available at https://carolkobyradio.com/shows/.

Coming up, I’m looking forward to meeting readers and Wisconsin Underground explorers at these public events:

  • Sun Prairie Public Library, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6
  • De Forest Public Library, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21
  • McIntosh Memorial Library in Viroqua, beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4
  • Lawton Memorial Library in La Farge, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4
  • Village Booksmith, Baraboo, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7

Details are being finalized on events in Westby, Waukesha,  Minocqua, and more–stay tuned!Spring Green Library 2019 lower res

 

To Learn and to Share

One benefit of talking with folks about Wisconsin’s subterranean spaces is learning about spaces I wished I’d put in the book–like the cave containing a former tavern in the vicinity of Mirror Lake State Park or the tunnel in downtown Eau Claire.

And now I’ve read on a Minnesota caving page more about several sandstone spring caves on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River. Each new lead is a new opportunity to explore and learn more about Badger State geology and history.

Hope to share what I learn at future book presentations and interviews, including an upcoming appearance on All About Living with Carol Koby radio show. Taping for the radio show is set for April 18, with the show broadcast on a Saturday morning, from 10 to 11 a.m., on HANK 1550 AM and 97.7 FM , as well as available as a podcast.