The Birdman of Koshkonong

22 04 2021

Don’t miss the next SAHSWI ZOOM meeting Saturday May 8 at 2 PM. SAHSWI Board member and award-winning author Martha Bergland  will present excerpts from her book The Birdman of Koshkonong published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press. The book describes the life of Naturalist Thure Kumlien.

Link to Join ZOOM meeting on May 8 at 2PM, no pre-registration needed.

Thure Kumlien was one of Wisconsin’s earliest Swedish settlers and an accomplished ornithologist, botanist, and naturalist in the mid-1800s. He settled on the shore of Lake Koshkonong in 1843 and soon began sending bird specimens to museums and collectors in Europe and the eastern United States, including the Smithsonian. Later, he prepared natural history exhibits for the University of Wisconsin and became the first curator of the new Milwaukee Public Museum.

“With the same keen eye and careful study that Thure Kumlien himself employed, Martha Bergland lifts the enigmatic man from the specimen drawers of history, restarts his heart, and sends him soaring. The sacred brotherhood of Increase Lapham, John Muir, Sigurd Olson, and Aldo Leopold has a new member.”
—B.J. Hollars, author of Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds



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