Exploring History

Greetings from Black River Falls, an old river town that traces its roots to 1839 and the arrival of lumbermen from Massachusetts and New York.  Those first settlers encountered the Ho-chunk people who traced their origins to the Green Bay region, and inhabited the region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Euro-Americans.  We live with the legacy of that early history today.

After 41 years of teaching high school history and politics, 30 in the BRF School District, I pivoted to the world of virtual teaching starting in the fall of 2020 through UW-Green Bay’s Dual Enrollment Access Academy as an Associate Lecturer. This is a continuation of work I have been doing since 2014 with UW-GB’s First Nations Studies Department.  I continue to be involved with the Falls History Project which I coordinated for 20 years. In addition, I remain an active contributor to Wisconsin First Nations, a web-site devoted to advancing the cause of First Nations studies in our state.

I graduated from West Fargo High School in North Dakota in 1975 and earned a B.A. in History and Coaching Minor from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1979.  I also earned a Master’s Degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1985 with an emphasis on American History.  I taught in Appleton High School in Minnesota and West Fargo High School in North Dakota prior to coming to Wisconsin in the fall of 1990.

This page reflects my areas of interest related to history and teaching.  Thanks for the visit and please contact me if you have questions.

Contact Information

E-Mail:  pstrykken@gmail.com