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Use a letter written home by a Norwegian immigrant to take a closer look at the immigrant experience in 1840s Wisconsin

Learn about what it was like to live in Madison, Wisconisin during middle of the 19th century.

Historical Essay

Myrick, Nathan 1822-1903

Pioneer Settler and Indian Trader

Biography of pioneer settle and Indian trader Nathan Myrick, who had a sawmill on the Black River and sold firewood and lumber to Mississippi steamers.

Read this informative article about the life of the Wisconsin born author, most famous for the children's book series Little House on the Prairie.

Historical Essay

Crelie, Joseph 1773-1866

Pioneer and Hoaxer

Biography of Prairie du Chien pioneer and Wisconsin's "oldest man," Joseph Crelie.

Historical Essay

Rosaline Peck's Violin

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Violin and bow played by Madison, Wisconsin pioneer Rosaline Peck, 1830s. (Museum object #1969.304.2,A)

Fur Trader and Murderer

Biography of pioneer fur trader John Baptiste Dubay.

Learn about life on the frontier in Wisconsin in 1851, as recounted in guides designed to attract immigrants to the state from Europe.

Historical Essay

Oldest Toast in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Charred bread slices recovered from the Alden's Corners archaeological site in Dane County, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2002.211.1,3,5)

Historical Essay

The First Madison Lodgings

From Under a Tree to Madison's Most Popular Lodge

Discover the story surrounding the planning and construction of the first building erected in Madison.

Teach your students about how snowshoes were a part of the pioneer experience in Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Madison's Fur Traders

The First White Men in Madison

The first white residents of Madison were fur traders Wallace Rowan, Olivier Ammel and Michel St. Cyr.

An Old Man's Tall Tale

Wisconsin pioneer Joseph Crelie was said to be 139 years old when he was exhibited to spectators in 1864. But how old was he really?
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