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Historical Essay

Paul, Les, 1915-2009

Legendary Guitarist and Electronics Innovator

Learn about Les Paul, pioneer of the solid-body guitar and innovator in recording techniques.

Historical Essay

Labor Day in Wisconsin

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Elto Cub Outboard Motor

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Elto Cub outboard motor made by the Evinrude Motors Division of Outboard Marine and Manufacturing Co., Milwaukee, WI, 1939. (Museum object #1997.35.3)

Discover the connection between P.T. Barnum and the 1853 statewide referendum on liquor sales and why it failed.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Politician

Read about the Norwegian immigrant who became colonel to the predominately Norwegian 15th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Evacuation Route road sign used to direct Milwaukee, Wisconsin residents out of town in the event of a potential nuclear bomb detonation, installed 1955-19

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Desk used by Milwaukee Alder Vel Phillips, made by the Northwestern Furniture Company for Milwaukee City Hall, 1895. (Museum object #2007.16.1)

The story of Louise Williams who provided business and legal counsel for women who lived all over southern WI for five decades after the Civil War.

Field Trip or Tour

'Immigration' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Explore the Norwegian Area, discover reasons for migration to the New World and what life was like for immigrants once they arrived in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Nativity Scene Crèche Set

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Nativity scene creche set assembled and used by a Polish-American family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin beginning around 1895. (Museum accession #2007.100)

Get to know Isaac P. Walker, the first Wisconsin resident to be a presidential candidate contender in 1850.

Read about this Wisconsonite, whose leadership in the Women's Suffrage Movement helped Wisconsin become the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment.

When and where did The Gideons International really begin? There are more answers then you would think. Give this a read and decide for yourself.

Historical Essay

Milwaukee Orphanage Shirt

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Shirt given to a child leaving St. Joseph Orphanage, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1920. (Museum object #2005.82.1)

Field Trip or Tour

'Farm Hands' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Experience the life of children growing up on a farm in Wisconsin in the 19th century.

Field Trip or Tour

'Industrialization' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Explore the Crossroads Village and discover why the railroad created challenges for 19th-century small towns.
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