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Historical Essay

Wild Rice Threshing Machine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Improvised wild rice threshing machine used on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation, Wisconsin, c. 1990. (Museum object #1999.61.5)

Father of the Wisconsin Dairy Industry, Wisconsin Governor

Find out about the Wisconsin governor who championed for high standards in the dairy industry and founded the State Dairyman's Association.

Historical Essay

Vitamin-Finding Feces Bucket

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Sheetmetal bucket with wooden handle. Collected cow manure for University of Wisconsin, Madison, nutrition experiments, 1907-1911.(Museum object #1992.103)

The Photographs of Harold Hone

This article describes the careers of Harold Hone and Frank Utpatel in relation to the W.P.A.

View the International Harvester Glass Negative Series featuring images of farmers, animals, factory workers, tractors, small-town life and more.

Historical Essay

Granger Gourd

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Ceremonial container made from a gourd, presented to Wisconsin Governor William R. Taylor, 1874. (Museum object #1993.53)

Historical Essay

Cranberry Harvesting Rake

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Handmade all wooden cranberry rake used for harvesting cranberries in Grand Marsh, Wisconsin, early 20th century. (Museum object # 1973.121)

Agricultural Innovator

Biography of Racine-based Jerome Increase Case, one of the leaders in the agricultural revolution.

Larger Than Life Images of Animals and Produce

Learn about the tall-tale postcard industry and the career of photographer Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr.

Historical Essay

Migrant Workers' Bunk Beds

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Bunk beds used by the Contreras family, Mexican-American migrant workers, in Wautoma, Wisconsin, 1970s-1980s. (Museum object #1999.16.1A-G)

View these images of cranberry harvesting in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Fair Ribbon Quilt

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Quilt made of fair prize ribbons won by William H. Milward between 1908 and 1934. (Museum object #2004.12.1)

A Hand-Book for the Homeseeker

Read about the dream of successful farming in northern Wisconsin in 1895.

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

Historical Essay

Effigy Mounds Culture

A People and Their Structures

Learn how the Effigy Mounds communities that transformed Native American life

Historical Essay

Farming and Industry

How a Disaster Made Wisconsin the Dairy State

Discover how Wisconsin became the nation's leader in wheat long before it was renowned for dairy, and the disaster that made it all possible.

Historical Essay

Babcock, Stephen, 1843-1931

Read about the agricultural chemist at the University of Wisconsin whose extensive research led to advances in the dairy industry.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Babcock butterfat tester set used in Adams County, Wisconsin, c. 1895. (Museum Object #1948.589; donated to WHS by Elsie Schieber Patrick)

View a pictorial review of the Wisconsin State Fair from 1851 when it began.

Brief biography of University of Wisconsin chemistry and natural history professor, Ezra Slocum Carr.

Brief biography of University of Wisconsin chemistry and natural history professor, Ezra Slocum Carr.
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