Historical Essay

Wolf River

Origin of Wolf River, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Wolf River, Wisconsin

Lumberman, Resort Operator and Humorist

Biography of Eugene Shepard, whose "Hodag" monster hoax made Oneida County a tourist attraction.

Historical Essay

Space Age Brassiere

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Strapless bra worn by Clara Kuester of Clintonville, Wisconsin and made by Jantzen, Inc. in the early 1950s. (Museum object #2000.74.28)

Historical Essay


Origin of Embarrass, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Embarrass, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Brown Wedding Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Golden-brown silk gown worn by Miss Mary Dittberner at her 1887 wedding to Bernhard Stieg in Clintonville, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2008.129.1A-B)

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Waupaca, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Automobile Culture

Wisconsin and the Invention of the Car

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

Brief history of the quarrying industry in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Farming and Industry

How a Disaster Made Wisconsin the Dairy State

Discover how Wisconsin became the nation's leader in wheat long before it was renowned for dairy, and the disaster that made it all possible.

Historical Essay


Origin of Parfreyville, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Parfreyville, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Perry's Mills

Origin of Perry's Mills, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Perry's Mills, Wisconsin.

An Old Man's Tall Tale

Wisconsin pioneer Joseph Crelie was said to be 139 years old when he was exhibited to spectators in 1864. But how old was he really?

Historical Essay

Gill's Landing

Origin of Gill's Landing, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Gill's Landing, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay


Origin of Matteson, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Matteson, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Indian Crossing

Origin of Indian Crossing, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Indian Crossing, Wisconsin.

Brief history of the Four-Wheel Drive Auto Company.

Brief history of the Wisconsin Veterans' Home in Waupaca.

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.

Historical Essay

New London

Origin of New London, Wisconsin

Discover the history of New London, Wisconsin.

Have Questions?

If you didn't find the material you searched for, our Library Reference Staff can help.

Call our reference desk at 608-264-6535 or email us at: