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Learn about the lead mining boom in southwestern Wisconsin in the early 19th century and the miners who gave Wisconsin its "badger" nickname.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Child's ceramic toilet set used by Elizabeth Marshall of Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin, c. 1905. (Museum object #1947.909,A-B)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lawyer, Helped Draft the Wisconsin Constitution

Civil War Philanthropist, Wisconsin First Lady, Nurse, and Teacher

A brief biography of Wisconsin’s Florence Nightingale, Cordelia Harvey who was a strong voice for innovatring Civil War Military hospitals.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 25th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 460 men during service.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

During the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, an Wisconsin Irishman, casually extinguishes a burning fuse that lands among the troops

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Hammered copper pike from Interstate Park Bison site, Polk County, Wisconsin, c. 1000-4000 B.C. (Museum object #1956.3099)

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On May 3, 1863, near Chancellorsville, Virginia, the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry is troubled by a new assistant surgeon with questionable skills.

Images of Pawling & Harnischfeger Electric Cranes

Discover how Wisconsin-based company Pawling & Harnischfeger became one of the world's leading suppliers of manufacturing services.

Historical Essay

Giant Punt Gun

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Punt gun used to hunt waterfowl on Lake Mendota, Madison, Wisconsin, c. 1866-1870. (Museum object #1947.1743)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Attorney, Internal Revenue Department

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

"Blitz Fog" pesticide package, manufactured for Northern Industries, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1965-1967. (Museum object # 1999.143.22)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Wisconsin Governor

Brief biography of Gov. Louis P. Harvey, helped organize the Republican Party in 1854, state senator from 1854-1857 and in 1862 became governor.

Circus images from the 1860s to the 1960s.

Historical Essay

Magician's Escape Trunk

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Escape trunk, restraining devices, and curtain used by magician Ben Bergor of Madison, Wisconsin, 1940s. (Museum objects #1982.159.17,19,21,23,25)

Historical Essay

Atlanta, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about Wisconsin's role in this Civil War battle. This article includes links to battle maps, related images, and original documents.

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

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

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 30th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 69 men in service.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

The exposed underwear of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry prompts a polite suggestion from a little girl.

Historical Essay

Jose Canseco Baseball Card

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Baseball card featuring Jose Canseco of the Madison Muskies, published by Larry Fritsch Cards, Inc, Stevens Point, WI, 1983. (Museum object #1984.156.13)
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