William H. TishlerWILLIAM H. TISHLER

William H. Tishler, FASLA, a graduate of the UW-Madison and Harvard University, is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at UW-Madison. His research and public service have focused on historic preservation, landscape architectural history, vernacular architecture, and preservation issues relating to Upper Midwest cultural landscapes. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and has been a Senior Fellow in Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, and an Attingham Fellow in England. Tishler was elected to the UW Teaching Academy and received the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture’s Outstanding Teacher Award. In addition to receiving numerous other honors, he designed the master plan for Old World Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s largest historic site. In addition, he is the author of more than170 publications and several of his books and articles, plus his documentary film about Jens Jensen, have won national awards.


Emeritus Professor Tishler’s illustrated lecture will give you a tour of Old World Wisconsin, America’s largest museum of rural life. Tishler, who designed the master plan for this project, will discuss its background and how this unique outdoor museum reflects the culture of some of the more than 30 ethnic groups that settled in Wisconsin during the 19th century. You will learn about Old World’s attractive landscape setting, the Crossroads Village, and ethnic farmsteads that incorporate differences in architecture, gardens, and lifestyles of Wisconsin’s immigrant families.