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An intimate look at family, architecture, interiors and fashion in Victorian Wisconsin between 1885 and 1900

Learn about the lives of upper-middle class Wisconsinites in the Victorian period between 1885 and 1900.

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: A woman sits at a reed organ while another looks on.


Description: There used to be a quiet. It wasn't deafness, it was roses

But they don't make it any more
They think it was a toy


Description: Bring back somehow the big Hello
Prolong the noisiest day
The clapping hands are stilled too soon
And much too far away

Newspaper Article/Clipping

President John F. Kennedy

Date: 1963-11-23 

Description: Original UPI Wirephoto transmission. Caption reads: "Ft. Worth Tex.: Texas Gov. John Connally (L), President Lyndon B. Johnson (C), and the late President...


Description: As a sporting proposition of gaiety infused with taxes
no modern culture could survive
without a touch of France

Wisconsin photographer David Marcou's images of life in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Date: 1998-07 

Description: Mayville Insurance Agency. (L-R) Brad Steinbach, Amanda Rose, Joyce Schuett, and Cindy Steinbach.


Description: Far out

The last report on peace to reach us here
was neither a promise nor easy Faith

but the hardest of all, the waiting for never


Description: Either way, the sides are bridged,
from wine to water, cutting back to wine

Paradoxical appointments, anticipated hour —

No one event can...

Historical Object

Wisconsin Thematic Panel 47-54


Description: The fast movement was a nervous reach for something west.
But along the way there was no hurry. Wait for noontime, turned round to a movement eastward,<...


Description: A fire is not a place, but a containment
to keep burning.

A reassembly of inner flames around the patriarch,
A school and script for golden we...


Description: A child could count in rounded numbers
the Christmas chance of pudding from the sky

View the online collection of Photo Copy Service photographs taken in Madison from the 1920s through 1960s.

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: A group of five young women sit at tables in the Hawksworth Ice Cream Parlor. The woman in the center has been identified as Josephine Edith McEvoy (later...


Description: The fife and drum are not so innocent
the vulture's eye is on the dance

James T. Potter's Photos

View this image collection of architectural details of places in Madison, Wisconsin.


Description: To some who want to leave
it would be dull
But to us who want to stay
the moment is surprising:
never lax
only turning out of nowhere lastin...

Historical Object

Wisconsin Thematic Panel 79-84


Description: A working lifetime minted these good coins – every day
devoted to circulating them through the same routine streets
wore them thin into retirement

Jim Widmer's "Spirit of Rural Wisconsin," Part II

Explore Jim Widmer's photographs of the Friday fish fry dinner tradition in Wisconsin.
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