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Use census records to study immigration to Wisconsin and living conditions in the mid-19th century

Learn about the Peshtigo fire of 1871

Learn about life on the frontier in Wisconsin in 1851, as recounted in guides designed to attract immigrants to the state from Europe.

See a list of historical highlights from Wisconsin history

Learn to use primary source materials to teach students about the abolitionist movement in Wisconsin in the 1850s.

Field Trip or Tour

'Tram Tour' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Experience an informative tram ride around the entire Old World Wisconsin historic site.

Use the 1673 journal of Father Jacques Marquette to introduce students to the early exploration of Wisconsin

Learn about how archaeologist explore underwater shipwrecks

Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I

The documents in this lesson will help students understand WWII and the issues and results of a wartime economy

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Learn about immigrants who came late to America, as the Finns did, were left with the land most difficult to farm.

Use a letter written home by a Norwegian immigrant to take a closer look at the immigrant experience in 1840s Wisconsin

Classroom Material

Wisconsin State Symbols

Learn about Wisconsin state symbols

Field Trip or Tour

'Entrepreneurs' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Learn how immigrants seeking the "American Dream" adapted to innovative technology by changing the way they made their living.

Lesson Plan

Teal Lake Lodge, 1923

Learn about the development of tourism in northern Wisconsin by examining a a family-owned resort which has operated since the 1920s

Use advertising posters to study technological change in American agriculture in the 19th century

Evaluate documents representing opposing perspectives on Japanese American Internment and work as a class to understand primary source analysis

Learn how artifacts are conserved after they have been excavated from their underwater resting places

Wisconsin Historical Museum Field Trip

If your school or class working on a project-based lesson or taking part in the National History Day program, this field trip is for you!

Historical Essay

Lighthouses and Lifesaving

Underwater Archaeology

Learn about the importance of lighthouses on the shores of the Great Lakes.

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Pacific

Students use maps to construct logical interpretations of the World War II historical record
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