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Valders in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Thorstein Veblen

(1857 – 1929)

 
 
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By Keith L, September 16, 2008
1. Thorstein Veblen Marker
Inscription. One of Wisconsin's most controversial figures, Thorstein Bunde Veblen, was born near here July 30, 1857. In 1865 the Veblen family moved to Minnesota where Thorstein graduated from college in 1880. He was a deep thinker, usually lonely and always in debt.

After receiving a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale in 1884, Veblen taught in several colleges. He was not a popular teacher but attracted dedi­cated followers to his extreme social and economic ideas. In 1899, his book "The Theory of the Leisure Class" created immediate controversy.

During much of his life, Veblen remained estranged from society. His pale, sick face, beard, loose-fitting clothes, shambling gait, weak voice and desperate shyness enhanced this estrange­ment and deepened his loneliness. Yet the society which did not accept Veblen the man did come to value the products of his penetrating mind. His books and arti­cles have been described as perhaps "the most considerable and creative body of social thought that America has produced."
 
Erected 1970 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 176.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 4.176′ N, 87° 
Thorstein Veblen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 16, 2008
2. Thorstein Veblen Marker
52.952′ W. Marker is in Valders, Wisconsin, in Manitowoc County. Marker is on North Liberty Street (County Highway J) 0.1 miles north of North Calumet Street (U.S. 151), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in Valders Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Valders WI 54245, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Gjerpen Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); George Washington School (approx. 4.8 miles away); St. Nazianz Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); St. Nazianz (approx. 4.8 miles away); St. Gregory Church (approx. 5 miles away); Collins Road Bridge Span (approx. 5.4 miles away); Winnebago Trail (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Wampum or Mexico (approx. 9.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Thorstine Veblen - Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 18, 2014, by Claude Barta of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Valders Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 16, 2008
3. Valders Memorial Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 936 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 20, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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