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Europeans Come to Wisconsin

Discover how Native Americans were removed from their lands in Wisconsin to make room for European immigrants.

Historical Essay

20th Century Immigration

The History of Modern Immigration in Wisconsin

Discover the economic and cultural changes that brought new immigrants to Wisconsin in the 20th century.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Decorated trunk brought to Wisconsin from Norway by immigrant Mette Kristina Larsdotter Mokrid, c. 1845. (Museum object #2000.77.1)

Date: 1896 

Description: Cover of a brochure in German for Wisconsin immmigration.

A Plot of Land Becomes a City

Discover how Wisconsin went from a small part of a territory to a capital city.

Students will learn more about the history of their own family as well as the larger history of immigration to Wisconsin

Date: 1856 ca.

Description: The Tuisco left Bremerhaven May 6, 1856. Hölzlhuber called this the "quickest three masted immigration boat," holding 335 passengers. Though in the...

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Description: Immigrants buying tickets at Ellis Island.

Resource Description

About Our Immigration Records

Explore our physical and digital collection of naturalization records for Wisconsin and passenger lists for the U.S. and Canada.

Historical Essay

Wisconsin Emigrant Agency

Brief history of the Wisconsin Emigrant Agency.

Historical Essay

Early U.S. Settlement

Military Outposts in Wisconsin

Read how American forts were established and settlement increased in Wisconsin after the War of 1812.

Speakers Bureau

Shelia Cohen is a WHS Press author and a member of the Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau.

Learn about life on the frontier in Wisconsin in 1851, as recounted in guides designed to attract immigrants to the state from Europe.

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Description: Jane Addams holding an open book, surrounded by immigrant children.

Historical Essay

Women's History in Wisconsin

Provides a comprehensive summary of women's history in Wisconsin and contains primary sources from the 16th century to the early 21st century.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Early hand-carved table made by Levi Havemann, a German immigrant to Madison, c. 1860. (Museum object #1998.21.1)

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Home Front

Using photographs and accounts, students will learn about German POW camps in the United States and Japanese American internment

Speakers Bureau

Susan Mikos is a WHS Press author and a member of the Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau.

Date: 1870 

Description: Cover of a Wisconsin immigration brochure in German.

Learn how epidemics erupted in Wisconsin and the ways communities responded
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