Park Street Cultural Tour

Home on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
Experiencing Community
What the Kids Said

Day One
Chadbourne College
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Trinity Church
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Yee's Laundry
La Movida
Mercado Marimar
Bram's Addition

Day Two
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Romnes Apartments
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Miracle's Home
Neighborhood House
Italian Workmen's Club
Family Potluck

Day Three
Meriter Hospital
Bayview Mural
Bocce Ball
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Mexico Lindo
Fishing Along Wingra Creek

Day Four
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Eugene Parks
Quality Ace Hardware
Oriental Shop
Lakeside Fibers
Chicken Underground
Family Daycare
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Multicultural Center

Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2

Dane County Cultural Tour
Hmong Cultural Tour

Pressing Clothes at Yee's Laundry

Home on Park Street
Madison, Wisconsin

The class walking along on the Park Street Cultural Tour

In 2003-2004, our 4th/5th grade class at Randall School spent four long days walking along the nearby Park Street corridor in Madison Wisconsin, stopping to visit many people and places . . . and exploring occupations, recreations, education, foodways, and artistic, religious, and civic expressions.

We spent many more days planning our tours, discussing what we observed, and re-writing our field notes. Each student also visited Park Street a number of times alone or with a class partner or parent—and came back with reports to the class.

Park Street is one of the main streets in Madison. From Lake Mendota it heads south for 2.8 miles towards the Beltline, passing through some of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. While Park Street itself is mostly a commercial area, with many unique businesses, the corridor feeding into it includes many single and multi-family homes, public buildings, and open spaces.

The University of Wisconsin dominates the northern part of the corridor. The southern part is more "muscular," with automotive businesses, building trades, a salvage yard, and other light industries.

A busy Park Street scene

We hope you'll take the tour with us—by opening the pages in the menu on the left, listed in the order of our fieldtrips. You'll love Park Street the way my students have described it!

If you have documented cultures in your local community—in a web site, video, or other publication—our class would love to hear from you.

Mark Wagler
4/5 Teacher
Randall School

Four Days in the Park Street Corridor: Some highlights from our tour

Neighborhoods: Short descriptions of the different neighborhoods we visited

Experiencing Community: How we learned to feel at home on Park Street

What the Kids Said: What was most important about our tour

Link back to the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures

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Page Last Updated: May 24, 2005