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Old Abe and Historical Society Museum

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The Civil War Room of the Historical Society Museum photographed sometime after 1900 when the society moved from third Wisconsin State Capitol to its new building on State Street. Old Abe, Wisconsin's war eagle, is on display, stuffed, in a glass case. This photograph can be dated as prior to April, 1903 because at that time Governor Robert La Follette ordered Old Abe returned to the new G.A.R. Museum in the Capitol. As a result, Old Abe became one of the objects destroyed in the Capitol fire of 1904.


Image ID: 23470

Creation Date:  

Creator Name: Unknown

City: Madison

County: Dane

State: Wisconsin

Collection Name: State Historical Society of Wisconsin : Photographs, 1880-1993, 1998, 2000

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: negative, original

Original Format Number: (X22)557

Original Dimensions: 7 x 5 inches





Civil War, 1861-1865



Indoor photography

Intellectual life


Military art and science



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