Kyle Moerchen, Peter Herr and The Work of George Edwin Bergstrom
"The Pentagon and Architecture of George Edwin Bergstrom"
By Brad Beck
Multimedia News Intern
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students Kyle Moerchen and Peter Herr in conjunction with the Neenah Historical Society contributed to a public exhibit about one of the Fox Valley’s most successful figures. The exhibit showcased the career of renowned architect George Edwin Bergstrom of Neenah, who designed the Pentagon, headquarters for the U.S. Department of Defense.
The opportunity came to Herr, an art education and graphic communication major, through UW Oshkosh art instructor Shawn McAfee’s digital art class. McAfee recommended him for this project. “The way it looked was all me,” Herr says. “The type choice, the layout, the concepts, everything was on my shoulders.”
Moerchen, a history major, contributed a large portion of research that focused on the personal and architectural life of Bergstrom. Dr. Stephen Kercher, Associate Professor of History, recommended Moerchen for this project. “It was a really good introduction to public history,” says Moerchen. “Learning how to write a public history piece is pretty important. I felt like a contributed a lot to the project.”
The exhibit “The Pentagon and Architecture of George Edwin Bergstrom” at the Neenah Historical Society ran from Sept. 11 to Oct. 2, 2011.
In these audio-only podcasts Kyle Moerchen (right) and Peter Herr talk about their experience in contributing to the Neenah Historical Society exhibit "The Pentagon and Architecture of George Edwin Bergstrom." Both podcasts were reported and produced by student multimedia reporter Brad Beck.
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