UW Madison Bascom Hill Historic District: Reform and Revolt

© Photographed August 1 and October 3, 2015
Erected by UW Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin Madison
Bascom Hill Historic District

University of Wisconsin students traditionally have been active in political and social causes, and that was never more apparent than during the turbulent 1960s. During that time, students frequently led rallies and demonstrations, many of which protested U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Those activities succeeded in mobilizing thousands for and against the war. The tensions and divisions on campus eventually devolved into violence, culminating with the bombing of Sterling Hall, which housed the Army Math Research Center. On August 24, 1970, the explosion killed a Physics researcher, putting a tragic conclusion on a period of protest.
The marker is located on Bascom Hill at the UW-Madison campus, on Lincoln Drive, at its intersection with Bascom Mall (a walkway), behind the UW-Madison Arboretum, at 500 Lincoln Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706.

NOTE: Driving around and parking at the UW-Madison campus is pretty intense. Be sure to check the Google Map (above) and campus maps (below) before heading out.

Photograph taken after the 1970 explosion targeting the Army Mathematics Research Center (AMRC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. UW Digital Collections
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 With the Army Mathematics Research Center building to the right.

With the UW-Madison Arboretum in the background.

The marker is to the left (off camera) of the statue of Abraham Lincoln.

Illustration of the State University of Madison
(now Bascom Hill Historic District),
from the 1885 edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book.
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The marker is located on the UW Madison campus.

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