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Lands We Share Exhibit & Gala

Lands We Share

Learn more about the intersection of farming, land, ethnic culture, and history in Wisconsin in The Lands We Share exhibit, featuring stories of five farming communities across the state - on display now through May 18, 2019 at Central Library.

The exhibit will culminate in a Closing Gala event at Central Library on Thursday, May 16. The event is free and open to the public (reserving a seat is encouraged) will include a tour of the exhibit, a presentation by curators, a panel discussion, and a meal prepared by chef Tory Miller.


A collaboration of faculty and students at four UW campuses (UW-Whitewater, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Madison), The Lands We Share initiative includes a traveling exhibition and public dialogue tour that focuses on the intersection of farming, land, ethnic culture, and history in Wisconsin.

The exhibit will feature the stories, histories, artifacts, images and sounds of six culturally and regionally distinct farms and farm sites and invites visitors to share their own stories, insights and questions. Each stop on the tour will include a three-week run at a community-based venue near one of the six sites and a farm-to-table Community Conversation.

The Lands We Share program aims to bring together people and groups from diverse backgrounds who are often separated despite living and working in close proximity. Tour organizers hope that participants will identify common interests and discuss shared community visions by drawing on shared personal or family experiences on the land, in farming or with food.

You can find The Lands We Share exhibit at Central Library on the 1st floor through May 18, 2019. 

Community Conversation & Closing Night Gala

An evening celebration of Wisconsin farming, history, and culture. Guests will include farmers, community leaders and thought-leaders representing the Oneida Nation, African American communities in Milwaukee, organic Hmong-led farms, dairy farms owned by operators of German-descent, and Hispanic farm workers throughout the state.

The evening will include a guided tour of the Lands We Share traveling exhibition at the Central Library (starting at 5:00pm), a presentation of the larger project by project leaders and curators (6:00pm), a panel discussion with featured guests (6:30pm), and amazing locally-sourced food prepared by prominent Madison chefs.

This event is free and open to the public, but reserving a seat is encouraged.

To reserve a seat, go to landsweshare.org/sign-up-for-may-gala-in-madison or call (262)472-5154.


Made possible by generous support from:

Madison Public Library
Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project
Wisconsin Humanities Council
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation
Baldwin "Wisconsin Idea" Endowment
Brittingham Foundation
UW-Whitewater College of Letters and Sciences
UW-Madison Friends of the Library
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
UW-Madison Center for the Humanities

Additional Information

The Lands We Share website

Wisconsin Farmers Oral History Project website

April 30, 2019