How Industry Transformed the State

Discover how skilled industries like ship building and paper milling transformed Wisconsin history.

Learn how the Society became the permanent home for the McCormick-International Harvester Collection.

Historical Essay

Bolens Garden Tractor

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Garden tractor manufactured by the Gilson Bolens Manufacturing Co., Port Washington, Wisconsin, 1928-1939. (Museum object #2001.1.1)

Historical Essay

Manufacturing in Wisconsin

Brief history of manufacturing in Wisconsin.

Explore a selection of advertising posters from the McCormick-International Harvester Collection.

Use advertising posters to study technological change in American agriculture in the 19th century

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.

This online exhibit features 14 stunning, large-scale historic murals originally displayed at the 1948 Wisconsin State Fair.

Agricultural Innovator

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

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