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Look for 2017 Cultural Tour details to be announced in Spring 2017.


2016 WTLC Here at Home Cultural Tour:

Changing Landscapes, Changing Lives

A multidisciplinary immersive professional development event for K-12 teachers from Wisconsin.

June 21-24, 2016

(Registration now closed. Deadline was May 5, 2016.)

Over four days, educators participating in the Changing Landscapes, Changing Lives will use place-based and situated learning approaches to investigate a variety of cultural cDennis Whiteommunities in north-central Wisconsin. Join us for a unique and rich experience.

What Is a WTLC Cultural Tour?

Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture’s immersive tours take teachers where they often can’t go on their own—behind the doors and into the backrooms of fascinating cultural communities right here at home.

WTLC cultural tours provide opportunities for both personal and professional growth as we explore
the old and the new in the cultural life of a particular region of Wisconsin. Food, occupations, arts, and the environment help tell the story of a place as much as conversations with its citizens.

What's Special about This Year's Tour?

This year’s Here at Home tour, Changing Landscapes, Changing Lives, is in north-central Wisconsin. The tour includes interactions with Hmong and Somali immigrants, as well as behind-the-scenes visits to the Ice Age Trail, a family dairy farm, an Amish-Mennonite produce auction, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Zapadni Ceska Bratrska Jednota Czech Opera House, and more!

Why Participate?

  • To learn fieldwork methods that you can teach to your studentsVisiting Mosque
  • To imagine content that you can use back home
  • To benefit personally from the tour’s immersive experiences
  • To expand your skill sets and experience new technology tools
  • To engage with like-minded educators from around the state, becoming part of a vital network that values students’ lives and local community assets as content sources

  Who’s Invited to Participate?

* All K-12 Educators

* Museum Educators who work with a K-12 population

* Educators from other organizations that work locally to nurture and sustain their community's culture 

DetailsOn the bus

 Where: The tour will start and end in Eau Claire at the Chippewa Valley Museum,
1204 East Half Moon Drive, Eau Claire, WI 54703.

  When: June 21 - 24, 2016
The tour will begin Tuesday morning at 8 am and conclude Friday afternoon at 5 pm.

 Tour Cost: $200

Thanks to generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and WTLC partner organizations, your tuition, lodging, and most meals are provided through the tour registration fee.
Tuition for graduate credits is a separate cost.  

Graduate Credit Available: Participants have the option to enroll in a 2-credit graduate course offered through UW-La Crosse. Instructor of Record is Dr. Anne Pryor. Registration will be available on the first day of the field school. Tuition for UW-La Crosse credits is a separate cost not covered by WTLC. Cost is $110/graduate credit.

We recommend that tour participants planning to take part in the course complete UW-L’s On-line Admission Application in advance of the tour. Follow these full instructions on how to apply for admission.  If you do not apply on-line in advance, you will have a very small window following the tour to do so. You can pay electronically in advance once you complete your on-line admission application. Or, you can pay with a check made out to UW-L on the first day of the tour. You will be able to pay with a credit card or debit card only on-line.

Course Details: Course Description    Course Rubrics

Changing Landscapes, Changing Lives Instructors: Mark Wagler; Jim Mathews; Mary Hoefferle; Ruth Olson; Anne Pryor; Steve Ackerman

WTLC partners for Changing Landscapes, Changing Lives: Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, Chippewa Valley Museum, Field Day Lab, and Wisconsin Arts Board.
Funding to support this tour comes from the partners as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

Finnish Food at Palmquist Farm

Deadline to apply: 5/5/16      *Download PDF of application form       *Download Doc of application form

Flier: Download printable flier about Changing Landscapes, Changing Lives: A WTLC Here at Home Cultural Tour.

Contact:  Liz Reuter, Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, 715/834-7871 ,



Photos from top: Lac Courte Oreilles elder, educator, and artist Dennis White during an interview at the LCO Ojibwe School; Somali immigrant Abdifatah Koonfuroo leading a tour of WTLC teachers at the Alrahma Islamic Center in Barron; teachers Patty Price and Terri Johnson of Augusta Middle School work on iPad exercises during a WTLC tour; WTLC tour participants Pat Milheiser (Appleton), Susan Cook (Madison), and Leslie Demuth (Lake Mills) dig in to a Finnish feast cooked by Helen Palmquist and served at the Palmquist Farm in Brantwood; Hmong sewing instructor Gina Yang with several students showing traditional cross stich projects at the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association in La Crosse.

Day of the Dead Altar Rosa Zamora Bleachers Cheer Ho-Chunk Nation Bison Logging in Chequamegon National Forest Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden Session Pigeon Lake Stations of the Cross Steve Ackerman Weather Lesson Christine´s Baskets Phillips Drummond Historical Museum - Museum members with Barb Hmong Blacksmith Shop - Neng Yang at bellows, Wa Leng Xiong at forge Lac du Flambeau - Brooks Big John with his two sons Merrill CupnCone Anne&Bonnie Norskedalen tour Running Rebels Ruth Olson and Tamaki Haase Oriental Shop Park Shawn, Jenny, Amanda and Theresa in front of pallets and boxes Slinky Slovan Country Inn - Clete Bellin Orchestra plays for the dance Slovan Country Inn - Czech Power Yinka Adedokun, proprietor of African Hut 2005 Tour 2006 Tour Hmong blacksmith shop 2007 Tour 81st St School Neighborhood Here at Home1 Here at Home2 Here at Home3 Here at Home4 Here at Home5 Here at Home6 Here at Home8 2008Tour Milwaukee1 Milwaukee2 Milwaukee3 Chequamegon Bay 2009a 2009b 2009c 2009d 2009e 2009 Tour

What amazes me, and still amazes me, is the fact that I thought I knew so much about my own section of the state, and yet I learned so much MORE on that bus trip. How many times in my life did I drive by the monument in Champion, next to the town hall, and never saw it amazes me.

--Mary Berg, teacher on WTLC “Here at Home” Tour, 2006

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