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Carving the Turkey

Date: 1965-11-25 

Description: A man takes pleasure in the carving of the Thanksgiving turkey, with other food items in the foreground and vending machines behind him.

Date: 1940 

Description: Valentine's Day "secret pal" card with a peach on the front, and a cake and plum on the inside (all shown). The peach has long eyelashes, red lipstick and...


Making Valentines

Date: 1958-01-30 

Description: Schoolgirls show one another the valentines they are making in class to celebrate the holiday.

Date: 1975 ca.

Description: Child's Valentine's Day card with a pink telephone on a large red heart. The text on the upper left reads "Nothing "Phoney" About This! Be My Valentine". T...

Date: 1952-09-01 

Description: Elevated view of the Iron Workers Local 383 float in the Labor Day parade on Capitol Square. It won first place for originality.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Child's Valentine's Day card with a cat wearing a blue dress sitting on a cushion with red hearts on it. She has her chin in her hand and is looking though...

Date: 1952-09-01 

Description: The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile passes by spectators watching the Labor Day parade on Capitol Square. City Hall is visible in the background.


Description: Santa Claus talks on a telephone seated in a Christmas display in Manchester's Department Store.

Date: 1944-02-08 

Description: Janey Rikkers with children, Betty and Frederick. Frederick is holding a valentine. The children's father is Edward H. Rikkers.

Date: 1983 

Description: Elevated view of crowd gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol for the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree. The tree was cut in the Chequamegon National F...

Date: 1959-12-17 

Description: Several senior citizens gather refreshments at the Christmas party put on by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. From left to right are Henry Venger, Mrs. Ther...

Date: 1914-02-13 

Description: Valentine's Day postcard with a Dutch woman and man facing each other. She is wearing a yellow dress, white bonnet, wooden shoes (clogs) and carries a bask...


Secretary Aspin

Date: 1993-12-21 

Description: Les Aspin (second from the right) served as Secretary of Defense during the administration of President Clinton. He is seen here at the Pentagon holiday pa...



Date:  date unknown

Description: Holiday card with an African American woman dancing with Santa Claus. She is wearing a green mini-dress with a belt, and red go-go boots. A phonograph and...

Date: 1969-04-04 

Description: Rabbits as big as 6-month-old Jennifer Tetzlaff sit in and near an Easter basket while she plays with cellophane "grass."

Date: 1950-05-30 

Description: Cynthia Cottam, age 3 and a half, watches as children participate in a parade of gaily decorated tricycles while costumed as Native Americans, cowboys, and...

Date: 1959-12-05 

Description: Members of the decorating committee for the Annual Holiday Dance of the Junior Division of the University League held at the West Side Business Men's Assoc...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Child's Valentine's Day card with a boy sporting a moustache playing a banjo. He is wearing a blue jacket, red bow tie and a yellow hat with a blue ribbon....

Date: 1929 

Description: Holiday card with shepherds holding crooks and their sheep in the hills under the Christmas star. The text "Christmas Greetings" appears at the bottom. Let...

Historical Essay

Madison's First Thanksgiving

The Power of the Pumpkin

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.
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