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Historical Essay

Purim Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Costume worn by Gary Ray Howards of Racine during the Jewish holiday of Purim, 1957. (Museum object #2003.20.2)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 22nd Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 243 men during service.

Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

Learn about how the Wisconsin Free Library Commission helped to establish and improve free public libraries in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Automobile Culture

Learn about automobile, truck, tractor, and motorcycle manufacturing and the development of the tourism industry in Wisconsin.

Learn about the canal era and the use of steamboats on Wisconsin waterways and lakes in the 19-th century.

Learn about Wisconsin's contributions to the Civil War effort, including the Iron Brigade and Old Abe, the war eagle.

Historical Essay

20th-Century Immigration

Learn how economic and social conditions in Wisconsin and elsewhere brought new groups of immigrants to Wisconsin in the 20th century.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 31st Wisconsin Infantry was organized by companies at Prairie du Chien and at Camp Utley in Racine.

Ever wonder why beer is so popular in Wisconsin? Wisconsin history is full of breweries and beer.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 8th Wisconsin Light Artillery, known as "Lyons' Pinery Battery," which was organized at Racine and served in the Civil War from 1862-1865.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 5th Wisconsin Light Artillery, which served in the Civil War from 1861-1865 and lost 25 men during service.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 9th Wisconsin Independent Battery Light Artillery was organized at Burlington and mustered into service January 27, 1862.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 4th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Utley in Racine and mustered into service on July 9, 1861.

Historical Essay

Electric Drink Mixer

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Electric mixer manufactured by Wisconsin Electric Co. of Racine, Wisconsin between 1921 and 1928. (Museum object #2004.18.1A-B)

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Promotions on Paper, 1850s-1975

Custom-designed letterheads were a universal way of proclaiming who you were. Historical letterheads are prime examples of early branding.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Multi-Purpose Food from Cold War fallout shelter in Racine, Wisconsin, 1960. (Museum object #1996.81.81)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Cardboard Hanukkah decoration used by three generations of a Wisconsin family, c. 1960. (Museum object #2002.388.6)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn about the 3rd Wisconsin Light Artillery, or Badger Battery, which served in the Civil War from 1862 to 1865, losing 27 men.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 2nd Wisconsin Light Artillery was organized at La Crosse and mustered into service on October 10, 1861.
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