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Historical Essay

When Beer Was Almost Illegal

A Popular Speaker Sways Opinion

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

Date: 1932-03-22 

Description: German Ambassador to the United States, Baron Friedrich Von Prittwitz und Gaffron, stands next to a railroad passenger train car.

Historical Essay

Madison Fire Company Banner

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Madison Fire Company No. 2 silk banner, 1857. (Museum object #1951.288)

Date: 1945-07-13 

Description: Two German prisoners and two American officers discussing some papers while standing outdoors. In the background, German prisoners of war are lined up for...

Date: 1917 

Description: Hardware store owners Louie Vanderiff (played by Clarence Kolb at left) and Mike Amsterdammer (Max Dill) pose in rough working clothes in a scene still for...

Date: 1952-03-06 

Description: Peter Storch, engineer at Ann Emery hall, and his children are shown at the Milwaukee Road depot where they met their son and brother, Alois Storch with hi...

This Milwaukee born woman successfully advocated for progressive reforms in the educational system and was influential in the Milwaukee socialist movement.

Date: 1933 ca.

Description: Sigrid Schultz, Ambassador William Dodd, and Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels seen together at a social event.

Date: 1902 ca.

Description: Members of the German-American Freie Gemeinde ("Free Thinkers") organization, posed in front of their building at Sauk City.

Date:  date unknown

Description: German farmers baling hay in southern Germany's Alpine country. The men are using an International D-214 tractor with mower and wagon. Original caption rea...

Date: 1887-11 

Description: Group portrait of German painters relaxing in the studio of the American Panorama Company, during a break from painting the Jerusalem cyclorama depicting t...

Date: 1917 

Description: Louie Vanderiff (played by Clarence Kolb at left) and Mike Amsterdammer (Max Dill) pose in street clothes in a scene still for the 1917 silent comedy "Belo...

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: This map is ink on tracing paper showing all the counties of Wisconsin. The upper right hand corner contains a legend for distinguishing Wisconsin counties...

Date: 2007-10 

Description: Two women (Frauleins) in costume pose for a picture at Oktoberfest.

Map or Atlas

Sedition Map

Date: 1918 

Description: Removed from the "New York Sun," March 21, 1918. Shows "where disloyalty in Wisconsin chiefly centres." Shaded areas indicate regions of suspected pro-Germ...

Historical Essay

Norwegian Trinket Box

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Trinket box brought to Wisconsin by Norwegian immigrants, c. 1870. (Museum object #1993.6.2)

Historical Essay

Berger, Victor, 1860-1929

Symbol of Milwaukee Socialism

Learn about the man who was the symbol of Milwaukee Socialism. Read about his involvement in the newspaper business, politics, and his anti-war stance.

Historical Essay

Schurz, Carl (1829-1906)

Wisconsin Civil War Soldier, U. S. Senator, German-Language Newpaper Editor

Read about Carl Schurz, the German immigrant and political reformer who helped elect President Lincoln, fought in the Civil War, served as a U.S. Senator.

Photograph

The Village Green

Date: 1956-10-09 

Description: View into a German wooden shoe-making shop in The Village Green, a Wisconsin Historical Society exhibit. Shown in the shop are Marcia Harrington and Koroth...

Date:  date unknown

Description: German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels (left) and Louis P. Lochner, foreign correspondent (third from left) sit around a small round table with three o...

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