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A Plot of Land Becomes a City

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

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.

Use a letter written home by a Norwegian immigrant to take a closer look at the immigrant experience in 1840s Wisconsin

Date: 2015-11-10 

Description: A woman is holding a board filled with campaign buttons for several Republicans running for President. Most of the buttons state the name of the candidate,...

Examine the oral history and migration experiences of Rubie Bond, an African-American resident of Beloit featured on Wisconsin Public Television

Date: 1856 ca.

Description: The main deck of The Tuisco, showing groups of immigrant men, women, and a child in brightly colored clothing, conversing while standing below a ful...

Date: 1874-01 ca.

Description: Interior of a coach on an emigration train to the west.

Learn how epidemics erupted in Wisconsin and the ways communities responded

Europeans Come to Wisconsin

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

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.

Date: 1868 

Description: Cover of a 31-page pamphlet promoting Wisconsin to German immigrants, which translates to read "Wisconsin. An Account of the Population, soil, climate, Com...

Packing a traveler's trunk offers students the opportunity to take a closer look at the immigrant experience in this lesson

Date:  date unknown

Description: A colored advertising card that was issued by the Land Department of the Wisconsin Central Railroad in order to promote the sale of railroad-owned land in...

A Short History of Wisconsin

Read about immigration and economic growth in 19th-century Wisconsin.

Date: 1896 

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

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.

Photograph

Emigranten Office

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: The Emigranten Office at King and Webster Streets. The Emigranten was published here in the 1850s and 1860s.

Date: 1879 

Description: Blue cover design of an official report entitled "Wisconsin. What It Offers to the Immigrant".

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.

During the Progressive Era, this Milwaukeean helped Jewish immigrants assimilate into American society while maintaining their ethnic heritage.
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