Ed Zappen, retired USAF Lt. Col and Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge, has enjoyed a lifelong interest in the Law, American History, and woodworking. He is especially interested in recreating 18th century furniture. In 2008 Ed learned that Thomas Jefferson’s writing box on which he wrote the Declaration of Independence was on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. He contacted the Smithsonian and was eventually put in touch with Harry Rubenstein, a Curator at the Museum. Even though the museum was closed to the public at that time he was able to travel to the museum on two separate occasions to view, measure, and photograph (but never touch) Jefferson’s actual writing desk. Thrill of a lifetime! Ed has also presented numerous programs throughout Wisconsin to schools, civic clubs, historical societies, and libraries about the desk and its place in history. His effort is born out of respect and interest in the creation of the Great Charter of our Independence and the foundations of our Democratic Republic. Having attended MASW for many years, Ed earned his Master’s in 2013. He is a friendly guy with a great sense of humor and is very likely to engage students in friendly teasing.

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A special note about our photos:

We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!