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Classroom Material

Father James Groppi

Discover the history of Father James Groppi, the Catholic priest who led fought for justice in Milwaukee's Inner Core.

Classroom Material

Vel Phillips

Discover the story of Vel Phillips, the first African American woman to become a judge in Wisconsin.

Classroom Material

Cordelia Harvey

The Wisconsin Angel

Discover the history of Cordelia Harvey, the "Wisconsin Angel."

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Margarethe Schurze

Discover the history of Margethe Schurze, who created the United States' first kindergarten.

Lesson Plan

The Costs of War

Wisconsin World War II Stories: Europe

Students study national records detailing casualties resulting from World War II and draw conclusions

Classroom Material

What to Know About Polio

Limping Through Life: A Farm Boy's Polio Memoir

Useful facts about polio and post-polio syndrome

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

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Belle Case La Follette

Discover the history of Belle Case La Follete, women's suffrage activist and wife of Bob La Follette.

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Arthur Davidson and Bill Harley

Discover the history of Arthur Davidson and Bill Harley, the boys who built the world's most famous motorcycle company

Use local architectural resources to teach students about mail order homes in the United States

Field Trip or Tour

'Immigration' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Explore the Norwegian Area, discover reasons for migration to the New World and what life was like for immigrants once they arrived in Wisconsin.

Classroom Material

Aldo Leopold

Discover the history of ecologist and University of Wisconsin professor Aldo Leopold

Classroom Material

Mildred Fish-Harnack Part I

Historian, Activist and Author

Discover the history of historian, activist and author Mildred Fish-Harnack.

Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I

Use WWI posters to learn more about WWI as well as the use of this media in building support for the war

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Pacific

Use a classroom debate to analyze the decision to drop the atomic bomb through the lens of the Smithsonian 50th anniversary exhibit on the Enola Gay

Historical Essay

Wisconsin Capitols

During its history, Wisconsin has had five capitols. Read a brief chronology and see a timeline.

Classroom Material

Wisconsin State Symbols

Learn about Wisconsin state symbols

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Home Front

In this lesson students will ready about family relationships during WWII and create their own letters to understand the impact of the war on families

Introduce students to Freedom Summer with this overview of key events. Each slide contains images of original documents and notes to help guide discussion

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
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