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Follow the progression of key events before, during and after Freedom Summer. Contains links to original documents

The Society owns one of the nation's richest collections of Civil Rights movement records, including more than 100 manuscript collections on Freedom Summer

Historical Essay

Wisconsin's First Election

Creating the Wisconsin Territory

Discover the story of Wisconsin's first elections and how the state was divided into its present-day areas.

Sourcebook, PowerPoint Presentation, Video

Help students learn about the civil rights era with resources designed for teaching about Freedom Summer. Access original source documents, images, video

Date: 1948-04-10 before

Description: Menu souvenir, mounted on board, of a "They Went Then Till They Came to the Delectable Mountains" cartoon by Clifford K. Berryman for the spring dinner of...

Book or Pamphlet

Political Parties, 1789-1880

Date: 1880 ca.

Description: Foldout chart illustrating the political parties of the United States, beginning with the colonial era. The explanation on the chart is as follows:

The s...

Do you want to see if anyone from your state or community participated in the 1964 Freedom Summer Project? Search over 1,600 names.

Date: 1918 

Description: Street scene in front of the Park Hotel, on Main and Carroll Streets, showing “delegates going to the convention.”.

Brief descriptions and links to original documents created by CORE, SNCC, COFO, local residents, volunteers and opponents. Organized by topic

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

Read an overview of this pivotal event in the nation's civil rights era

Date: 1984-02 

Description: Congressman David Obey and Governor Tony Earl pay tribute to 20 years of service by Marathon County Clerk Ray Ott and Register of Deeds Bob Gernetzke.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Badge worn to support William Jennings Bryan by Wisconsin delegate Charles Donohue at Democratic Convention, Denver, July 1908 (Museum object #1997.36.1)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Wisconsin Governor

Brief biography of Gov. Louis P. Harvey, helped organize the Republican Party in 1854, state senator from 1854-1857 and in 1862 became governor.

Date: 1960-05-12 

Description: Some of the women attending the Wisconsin Federation of Republican Women's Clubs annual meeting include, left to right: Mrs. W.C. Norris, Milwaukee, fourth...

Date: 1948-12-11 before

Description: Two cartoons (by Clifford K. Berryman?) for the winter dinner of the Gridiron Club, each entitled, "Gridiron Forecast 1948": one of Thomas Dewey holding a...


Wisconsin United

Date:  date unknown

Description: There's nothing like a threat to the fortunes of the dairy business to bring Wisconsin political leaders together. Here two Republicans and two Democrats t...

Get to know Isaac P. Walker, the first Wisconsin resident to be a presidential candidate contender in 1850.

Date: 1960-08-08 

Description: Republican candidates for state office started a week-long campaign at the Little White Schoolhouse in Ripon, the birthplace of the GOP in 1854. Standing o...

Learn about America's presidential elections since 1856 and discover how Wisconsin voted.
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