The story of the cranberry marsh is really one of the cranberry itself and the land, people, and changes, that take place over time. Rather than thinking about this history existing as a chronological list of events, it can be viewed as a dynamic set of relationships that began long ago – even before the cranberry arrived on the scene in Wisconsin. The interactions continue to this day.
As you watch Not So Wild Anymore and go through the brief chronology of cranberry history with your students, it may help to focus on the theme of relationships. The story of the cranberry marsh may parallel many local and world history stories that you are studying in your classroom. You may wish to pull out these parallels as you discuss the cranberry marsh in particular.