Friday, November 10, 2006

Unearthing some "lost" Madison history: a video featuring old bones, old cars, old cemeteries and a mention of the Greenbush

Last night, the 10 o'clock news on WISC-TV had an extremely interesting in-depth report -- "Unearthing History: The Mystery Begins" -- about some forgotten Madison history that was "rediscovered" after construction workers working on the expansion of St. Mary's Hospital discovered a box of bones. The story involves Indian Mounds and the old Catholic cemetery, but it also features some terrific vintage film footage of old cars driving around what looks like parts of South Madison.

Whether you're a South Sider, a fan of Henry Vilas Zoo, or just fascinated with Madison history, I think you would have enjoyed watching "Unearthing History" last night. But don't worry too much if you missed its debut. Thanks to the Internet, you can view this segment again (and again) on WISC-TV's website: Click HERE to go to the section of the web site featuring the video. Depending on the size of your monitor, you may have to scroll down a bit to find the controls for the video. You'll probably also have to watch a brief commercial, but I think it's a small price to pay for an opportunity to watch this video segment.

At one point in "Unearthing History" there's a brief glimpse of the Wisconsin Historical Marker for the site of the former Greenbush Cemetery. I've included a photo I took of the marker last year, so you may if you wish, read what's on it (double click on the image in your browser window to enlarge it).

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