Dr. Joseph Smith.

Dr. Joseph Smith: Early 20th Century Life in Marathon County - Image Gallery Essay

View photographs taken by Dr. Joseph Smith in the early 20th century in and around Marathon County, Wisconsin.

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Read about Earth Day's founder, Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator and early environmentalist.

View a pictorial review of the Wisconsin State Fair from 1851 when it began.

Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

Learn about how the Wisconsin Free Library Commission helped to establish and improve free public libraries in Wisconsin.

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View the online collection of Photo Copy Service photographs taken in Madison from the 1920s through 1960s.

Madison's Soap Box Derby

Learn about the history of Madison's Soap Box Derby, a popular racing sport amongst young boys nation-wide in the early to mid-1900s.

Glimpses of African-American Life in the Midwest, 1865-1934

Read about three generations of a Midwestern African-American family.

The Watercolors of Winifred Ford

Read about the life and career of painter Winifred Ford who created watercolors of historic Madison residences.

View this image collection of the Wisconsin Democratic Senator William Proxmire.
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