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Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Drum kit used by Viroqua, Wisconsin, native Butch Vig when he played with the bands Spooner, Fire Town, and the Grammy-nominated Garbage. (Museum object)

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: A woman sits at a reed organ while another looks on.

Historical Object

Oscar Meyer Banjo-Ukulele

Date:  date unknown

Description: A banjo-ukulele with the words "Oh, I Wish I Were... An Oscar Meyer Wiener..." on the body of the instrument. It was used by Richard Trentlage in the first...

Historical Essay

Hardanger Fiddle

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Mid-nineteenth century violin converted into Hardanger fiddle by Knute Hellund, c. 1893. (Museum object #1973.56)

Date: 1960-08-09 

Description: Children living at Sherman Terrace present "The Sad Sullivan Show" to their parents and friends at their outdoor theater to raise money for a new home for...

Date: 1961-04-21 

Description: A group of attendees gathers at a banquet celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Sigma Alpha Iota music sorority. They include, left to right, Professor L...

Wisconsin World War II Stories: Europe

Listening to World War II era music helps students to learn about the time period as well as the contributions of entertainers to the war effort

Date: 1959-02-05 

Description: Charlotte Burr (left) and Margaret Wilber, standing, inspect the musical program for the Sigma Alpha Iota Benefit Musicale. Seated is Nancy Becknell, and...

Date: 1888-11-15 before

Description: Interior pages from the twenty-fifth anniversary of the accession to the throne of King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark. A pair of columns frames...

Historical Essay

Polka Rhythms Bandstand

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Bandstand used by Chad Przybylski and his Polka Rhythms of Pulaski, Wisconsin, from c. 1980 until 2003. (Museum object #2003.10.1)

This image gallery depicts Madison, Wisconsin, as a hub of dynamic social, political and cultrual change from the 1960s through the mid-1970s.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Bandana featuring music score for campaign song "We Want Teddy," used at a Milwaukee campaign rally for Theodore Roosevelt, 1912. (Museum object #1970.204)

Date: 1907 

Description: Music and lyrics to "Buckwheat Cakes and Honey." Portraits of Eugene Secor and George W. Work are at left and right at the top. In the center is an illustr...

Date: 1959-02-05 

Description: Mrs. Samuel Burns, seated, serves tea after the Sigma Alpha Iota Benefit Musicale to (left to right) Shirley Dominik, Elizabeth Rennebohm, and Mrs. Fred Ma...

Wisconsin History Maker Award

Learn more about this world-renowned bassist and his influential role at the University of Wisconsin and in the city of Madison.

Date: 1902 ca.

Description: Large group of men, women and children, unidentified, posed with members of a brass band at a gathering. The group is posed in front of and behind a fence,...


Beth Israel Players

Date: 1961-03-14 

Description: The Beth Israel Players will present an original musical comedy, "Room for One More" in the auditorium of Beth Israel Center. Shown in a scene from the pl...

Date: 1964-09-04 

Description: Radio disc jockey "Beatle" Bob Barry squats in front of the table where The Beatles are seated for a press conference before a concert.

Date: 1986-08 

Description: Poster promoting the 1986 New York Festival Latino, which was founded in 1976, produced by Joseph Papp, a Broadway producer, and directed by Oscar Ciccone...

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Pacific

In this lesson students study the words and listen to the song, “The Ballad of Ira Hayes."
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