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October 2017

Our Wisconsin Environment - the Driftless Area

Presentation and Reading by Curt Meine and Keefe Keeley This program on the Driftless Area is intended to set the stage for the next four days of music. This region is home to a disproportionate array of extraordinary artists. Does this beautiful land inspire beautiful art and music? Is music made more beautiful when played in this region? The Driftless Reader is a publication of the University of Wisconsin Press and edited by Curt Meine and Keefe Keeley. Meine and Keeley have selected writings that highlight the unique natural and cultural history, landscape, and literature of this region encompassing southwestern Wisconsin and adjacent Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. The more than eighty selected texts include writings by Black Hawk, Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aldo Leopold, David Rhodes, and many other Native people, explorers, scientists, historians, farmers, songwriters, journalists, and poets. Paintings, photographs, maps, and other images complement the texts, providing a deeper appreciation of this region's layered natural and human history.