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Resources for Teachers

Start enhancing your teaching today by discovering useful tools from experts at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Help your students research history with helpful guides and lesson plans. Watch history come to life in our books, field trips and classroom visits.

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Primary Sources and Research Tools

With resources appropriate for every grade level, bringing primary resources and critical thinking to the classroom has never been easier.

See a list of historical highlights from Wisconsin history

from Tools for Teaching the History of Civil Rights in Milwaukee and the Nation (Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2015)

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

Download the 'Thinking Like A Historian' poster for your classroom.
History Field Trips

Make history come to life for your students! Tour a local historical society or museum in your area to see log cabins, blacksmith shops, historic kitchens and more!

Madeline Island Museum

Cross the waters of Lake Superior and experience a cultural encounter at the Madeline Island Museum.

Field Trip or Tour

'Entrepreneurs' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Learn how immigrants seeking the "American Dream" adapted to innovative technology by changing the way they made their living.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Field Trip

If your school or class working on a project-based lesson or taking part in the National History Day program, this field trip is for you!

H.H. Bennett Studio - a historic site

Learn about Henry Hamilton Bennett, "the man who made Wisconsin Dells famous".
Cover of the latest book in the Badger Biographies series.

Educational Publications

Introduce middle school readers to Wisconsin history with our kid-friendly books.

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Archaeology Resources

Familiarize your students with the basic concepts and procedures guiding archaeological research.

Learn about how archaeologist explore underwater shipwrecks

Learn how artifacts are conserved after they have been excavated from their underwater resting places


Discover amazing facts about Wisconsin history on your own!

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Secondary Lesson Plans

Teach Wisconsin history with primary sources drawn from collections within the Society's Archives. Designed for grade levels 6-12.

Use advertising posters to study technological change in American agriculture in the 19th century

Wisconsin in the Civil War: Camp Randall

In this lesson students will examine the letter of John Cronk to learn more about Camp Randall and the role Wisconsin played in the Civil War


Turning Points in Wisconsin History.

Explore key historical events that shaped Wisconsin and our nation. Read essays based on rare books and primary source documents.


Have Questions?

If you have questions about our field trips, lesson plans, or other educational resources, please contact Kurt Griesemer by phone at 608-264-6547 or by email.