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Historical Essay

Black History in Wisconsin

Read about Black history in Wisconsin. There are many links to original documents, pictures, eyewitness accounts, and other primary sources.

Date: 1907 ca.

Description: A man standing with two children, a boy wearing a hat and suspenders, and a girl wearing a dress. They stand in front of a bear hide stretched on poles, wi...

Learn how white contact disrupted and transformed Indian life in the 17th and 18th centuries.


Augustin Grignon

Date: 1850 ca.

Description: Daguerreotype studio portrait of Augustin Grignon. He is seated, holding a tomahawk. The tomahawk, which could also be used as a pipe, was made from a gun...

A Short History of Wisconsin

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: 1925 ca.

Description: Former building of the Astor Company, also known as the Brisbois Fur Trading Post. At the time this image was made, the structure was occupied by Ben Schau...

Date: 1956 

Description: Constructing the Madeline Island Historical Museum in La Pointe which consists of four separate buildings. L-to-r: jail; American Fur Trade storage buildin...

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

Date: 1892-02 

Description: Engraving of a fur trader standing in the middle of a circle of seated Indians in their council tepee.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Carte-de-visite portrait engraving of Solomon Laurent Juneau (1793-1856), Wisconsin fur trader and politician.

Book or Pamphlet

1812 Fur Trade Engagement

Date: 1812-03-14 

Description: English translation of the Fur Trade Engagement for Charles St. Antoine dit Vacher.


Lakeside Mink Ranch


Description: Aerial view of the Lakeside Mink Ranch, operated by Robert "Bud" Quinn. Spreading over 15 acres, the Ranch was one of the first operations to breed mink in...

Date: 1949 

Description: This pictorial map shows the United States west of the Mississippi, including Indian Tribes, historic trails, forts, trading posts, mountain ranges, lakes...

Date: 1922 

Description: The American Fur Company warehouse, also called Old Treaty Hall. In 1832 the fur company moved its Bayfield post to the Island (Madeline Island), and on th...


Fur Trading Post

Date:  date unknown

Description: A diorama depicting several people, including a small child, gather at a fur trading post in Juneau, Alaska.

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?

Date: 1925 ca.

Description: Former building of the Astor Company, also known as the Brisbois Fur Trading Post. The American Fur Company, which had been organized by John Jacob Astor i...

Historical Essay

Beaver Top Hat

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Top hat made from beaver felt and worn by Green Bay resident Morgan L. Martin, c. 1825. (Museum object #1968.644)
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