CSUMC, with its partners, have a number of projects that serve as resources for researchers, teachers and anyone interested in exploring traditional music and folk arts of the region. Click on the links below to learn more about projects in dialect, music and past folklore fieldwork.
Wisconsin Englishes Project: Our group is working with the full range of languages spoken in the Upper Midwest, past and present. Languages and dialects reflect Upper Midwestern culture and identity and we are looking at regional differences in English, such as distinct vocabulary, pronunciations, idioms and ethnic influences, as well as other languages spoken in Wisconsin. The WEP web site provides a variety of teaching materials, as well as podcasts, public events and information on new research.
Norwegian-American Folk Music Portal: The Norwegian-American Folk Music Portal is a single resource to help performers, students, and the general public access significant collections, biographies of performers, and organizations involved in the preservation and continuation of Norwegian-American folk music. With major funding by the NEA, this portal is a production of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures in cooperation with UW-Madison's Mills Music Library, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center, and the Department of Scandinavian Studies and the Folklore Program.
Local Centers/Global Sounds: Historic Recordings and Midwestern Musical Vernaculars: An ongoing online collection of regional sound recordings and accompanying images, field notes, translations and more, in collaboration with the Mills Music Library and other partners. The collection includes 78-rpm recordings produced for immigrant, ethnic, and indigenous audiences by American companies in the first half of the 20th century; and more than 700 hours of original field and home recordings from the 1950s through the 1990s featuring the Upper Midwest's culturally diverse traditional musicians. Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities has made this project possible.
Archiving, Collections, and Access: Archiving projects at the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures seek to teach and make accessible past folklore fieldwork and collections to audiences interested in the region's folk heritage. This set of resources includes a guide to and report of surveyed public folklore collections in the Upper Midwest, resources for addressing common problems when archiving ethnographic materials, a list of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures' past and current archiving projects, and further tips for developing and maintaining archives.