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Date: 2013 

Description: Map is the most extensive endeavor to date to accurately locate and document both prehistoric place names and natural features of the Menominee language wi...

Historical Essay

Petersylvania, Wisconsin

A Bizarre Story of Land Prospecting Gone Awry

Read the amazing story of a man who watched his potential 10,000-square-mile northern Wisconsin empire disappear into thin air.

Historical Essay

First Peoples

The History of Paleo-Indians in Wisconsin

Learn about the Paleo-Indians who first inhabited the Wisconsin territory and the archaeological excavations that have revealed their culture.

The Genesis of Modern Wisconsin

Discovery the history of the Woodland and Middle Mississippean Indian cultures and their relationship to modern Wisconsin.

Date: 1929 

Description: Native American tour guide standing on a rock formation. He is wearing a headdress and decorated vest and white shirt, and is holding a megaphone and point...


Discover how the government tried to assimilate Germans and Indians into their culture.

Date: 1930 

Description: A smiling woman with a toddler looks out of the entrance to a birch wigwam. In the foreground is a campfire with cooking pots and pails. There is tent in t...


Description: Portrait of Josh Sanford in Native American dress as a child. Sanford served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and is credited with being the only Native A...

Date: 1926-02-25 before

Description: Front cover and menu listing from the booklet printed for the Forty-ninth Annual Dinner of the American Paper and Pulp Association at the Waldorf Astoria H...

Historical Essay

The Trial of Chief Oshkosh

The Clash of U.S Law and Indian Legal Tradition

Learn how the trial of Menominee Chief Oshkosh, one of the most famous in Wisconsin history, pitted Indian traditional justice against white man's law.

Historical Essay

Oneota Ceramic Vessel

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Decorated shell-tempered pot from the OT site (47-LC-0262), 1500-1625. (Museum object #1995.218.39)

Resource Description

American Indian Language Materials

Follow online links to rare American Indian language primary documents, including early dictionaries, textbooks, spelling books and firsthand accounts.


Winslow White Eagle

Date:  date unknown

Description: Full-length portrait of a Native American man standing in tall grass near trees. He is wearing headdress and an Indian blanket.


Description: Exterior view of Indian tipi (teepee) with several campers sitting on the ground in front. Original caption notes: "One of the two attractive Indian tipis...


Fur Trading Post

Date:  date unknown

Description: A diorama depicting several people, including a small child, gather at a fur trading post in Juneau, Alaska.


Description: Page from Joy Camps photo album displaying three photographs. In one photograph Barbara Ellen Joy, camp owner and co-director, cooks over a large grill are...

When the Beaver was King

Discover how beavers transformed Wisconsin's economy in the 1650s for the next two centuries.

Native American Photographs

Collection of photographs documenting Native American life and the impact of federal government.

Date: 1882 

Description: Back cover of catalog with an illustration of two men using horse-drawn agricultural machinery in fields, while a group of Native American Indians look on....

Historical Essay

Ho-Chunk Nation

A Brief Introduction

Read about the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. Learn more on the Ho-Chunk Nation's website about their heritage, culture, and more.
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