Terrace Views
Porter Butts and his ‘Union Idea’
Nov20

Porter Butts and his ‘Union Idea’

By Brooke Appe In a statement adopted by the members of the Association of College Unions at its 33rd Conference in 1956, Porter Butts wrote “the Union is the community center of the college, for all the members of the college family—students, faculty, administration, alumni, and guests. It is not just a building: it is also an organization and a program. Together they represent a well-considered plan for the community life of...

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Throwback Thursday: Pass the Pancakes, Porter
Jun19

Throwback Thursday: Pass the Pancakes, Porter

The Wisconsin Union’s first director, Porter Butts, tries his hand at flapjack flipping at the Memorial Union’s Paul Bunyan Room Open House in 1950. We know Porter loved art, and judging from this flip, he looks like he’s cooking up a real breakfast masterpiece! Take a look back in time each week with Throwback Thursdays as we post photos and snapshots from the Union’s amazing history. Find out interesting facts and...

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Union bids farewell to lifelong supporter
Feb10

Union bids farewell to lifelong supporter

Hans Hopf, Memorial Union Building Association associate trustee, passed away on September 27, 2010. When Hopf joined Hoofers on their first ski trip in 1941, he not only became passionate about skiing but Hoofers as well. The trip was the beginning of a lifelong relationship that inspired him to become an avid supporter of the Union and create the Hoofers’ Dr. Harold C. Bradley Leadership Award in 2006. Emeritus director, Ted Crabb,...

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Home is Memories
Dec13

Home is Memories

The beloved Memorial Union Terrace is back. Students, staff and faculty as well as our esteemed Wisconsin Union members and guests have visited this cherished space since 1929. In its early years, the Terrace hosted a variety of gatherings such as Venetian night, Cap Night and University Sings. At one point, the Terrace was even flooded by the Wisconsin Hoofers to create an ice skating rink! Porter Butts, the first Wisconsin Union...

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Memorial Union Honored Nationally
Jul08

Memorial Union Honored Nationally

From Frank Lloyd Wright to Melvin Gordon III, Badgers have always been set on making history, and on June 19 we did it once again! Memorial Union has officially been recognized in the National Register of Historic Places according to the National Park Service. According to UW-Madison Historic & Cultural Resources Manager Daniel Einstein, the most important aspect of Memorial Union that qualified it for national recognition was the...

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