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Historical Essay

Surveyor's Tree Blaze

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Surveyor's tree blaze from the 1841 expedition to lay out the boundary between Wisconsin and Michigan, found at Trout Lake, Vilas County, Wisconsin. (Museu

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Frank Lloyd Wright house model featured in Life magazine, 1938. (Museum object #2005.133.1)

Historical Essay

Vitamin-Finding Feces Bucket

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Sheetmetal bucket with wooden handle. Collected cow manure for University of Wisconsin, Madison, nutrition experiments, 1907-1911.(Museum object #1992.103)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

"Spanish Lady" costume worn for Halloween by Virginia Shaver in 1922. (Museum object #2003.29.1)

A Hand-Book for the Homeseeker

Read about the dream of successful farming in northern Wisconsin in 1895.

Photographs by Richard Quinney

View photographs of the 1969 construction of the New York City World Trade Center.

Historical Essay

Gumball Slot Machine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Trade stimulator gumball slot machine seized from a Shullsburg, Wisconsin tavern in 1945. (Museum object #2008.13.1A-B)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Baseball bat issued to Milwaukee Braves second baseman Red Schoendienst for the 1957 World Series. (Museum object #2005.128.1)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Collage featuring likeness of civil rights activist Father James Edmund Groppi by artist Gloria Adair of Milwaukee, 1966. (Museum object #1993.37.1)

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

During the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, an Wisconsin Irishman, casually extinguishes a burning fuse that lands among the troops

Wisconsin Civil War Officer

He traveled the world as a young naval officer before helping to lead the 4th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War. He died in battle.

The Natchez Poverty Report

View this gallery of photographs from an unpublished 1960s report on living conditions in the African-American neighborhoods of Natchez, Mississippi.

Historical Essay

Young Girl's Burial Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Burial dress for a young girl offered for sale by the A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral Home, Menomonee Falls, c. 1900. (Museum object #1983.267.7)

Historical Essay

The World War II Home Front

The Benefits and Costs of War

Discover how World War II affected daily life in Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

CCC Trunk

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Trunk used by Werner Brunner while working on Civilian Conservation Corps projects in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, 1934-1935.(Museum object #1990.165.26,A)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Historical Essay

Prairie Grove, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about Wisconsin's involvement in the Civil War battle that took place in Prairie Grove, Arkansas. This article includes links to related documents.

Historical Essay

Automobile Culture

Wisconsin and the Invention of the Car

Discover how Wisconsin's influence on the automobile and tourist culture.

Historical Essay

Oneota Ceramic Vessel

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Decorated shell-tempered pot from the OT site (47-LC-0262), 1500-1625. (Museum object #1995.218.39)
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