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Monsters, myths, legends at ‘Wisconsinology’

New London library offers program tonight

By Mehta Hess

Are you a fan of spooky stories? Do you wonder what sort of mysterious creatures haunt the Wisconsin terrain?

Explore these chilling tales and more at “Wisconsinology: Monsters, Myths, and Legends of Wisconsin” at the New London Public Library tonight, Monday, April 8, at 6 pm. Call the library today at 920-982-8519 to register.

Frank Anderson’s illustrated “Wisconsinology: Monsters, Myths, and Legends of Wisconsin” map.
Photo courtesy of Frank Anderson

Frank Anderson’s life has been steeped in folklore and more.

“I’ve heard and been fascinated with folk tales, monsters and myths my entire life – beginning in the Philippines where I was born and partly raised,” Anderson said. “I brought that fascination to Wisconsin, my parents’ home state and, as I would discover, the most unique and surprising state in the union in every possible way.”

Anderson has spent his life gathering the unique stories of Wisconsin, rooted in folklore and the curious deeds (and misdeeds) of the citizens, which at one point earned Wisconsin a reputation as the Weird Crime Capital of America.

In his “Wisconsinology” program, Anderson will share the greatest ghost stories, discuss lake monsters, witches, werewolves, and wendigos.

He will demonstrate how many stories prevail, showing up in similar versions across the state. He will also talk about archeological digs and how Wisconsin changed the movie industry.

Anderson has poured his passion into a beautifully illustrated map that depicts the many fantastic stories of Wisconsin and is currently working on a book slated for release later this year.

His first book, “Wicked Fox Cities: The Dark Side of the Valley” is available at the library. People can learn more on his website.


Mehta Hess is the teen and adult services librarian at New London Public Library.

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