riting this book pleasantly demolished any monkish fantasy I
may have had about writing being a solitary, lonely endeavor,
and instead left me humbled by how necessarily social the
process has been. Individuals, families, friends, communities, colleagues,
and institutions have contributed in countless ways. My debts and grati-
tude are thus far more extensive than I can begin to explain—much less
repay—in these acknowledgments. Just as conducting oral histories, ar-
chival research, and even writing have occasioned connection across com-
munities, generations, memories, and histories, it is my hope that this
book is not simply a material effect of all that labor but also an invitation
for further conversation.
My research was assisted by grants and financial support from the
following sources: the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University
of Wisconsin; the Minnesota Historical Society; the 2001 clags Award
from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New
York; Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Fellow Grants, Human Sexuality
Collection, Cornell University Libraries; Albert J. Beveridge Grants,
American Historical Association; the Virginia Horne Henry Fund for
Women’s Physical Education Issues, University of Wisconsin; the Wom-
en’s Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin; and the Wisconsin
Alumni Research Foundation. Equally important, Mariamne Whatley and
Jane Collins as chairs of Women’s Studies and Steve Stern as chair of
History supported every opportunity I had to devote my time to research
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