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Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

"Blitz Fog" pesticide package, manufactured for Northern Industries, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1965-1967. (Museum object # 1999.143.22)

Read about Earth Day's founder, Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator and early environmentalist.

Date: 1955-07-18 

Description: Five teen boys stand ankle deep in Black Earth Creek (west of Cross Plains) while working together to build a conversion dam in the creek bed. The boys are...

Date: 1949-09-20 

Description: Two Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources employees removing dead fish from the Yahara River near the Johnson Street bridge. The fish were evidently ki...

Date: 1955-07-18 

Description: Three teen boys work together to build up the side of the creek to stop the flowing water from washing the soil away on an edge of Black Earth Creek west o...

Date: 1967 ca.

Description: Nelson sits in a canoe and looks out over the water around the Apostle Islands.

Read about Wisconsin's role in the development of the environmental movement in the United States in the 20th century.

Date: 1955-07-18 

Description: Two teen boys and an adult stand in ankle deep Black Earth Creek (west of Cross Plains) while working together to build a "V" shaped conversion dam, pointi...

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Description: Six-man crew at Camp Mercer looking for ribes (gooseberries), a stage essential for the transmission of blister rust to white pines, working in a marsh are...

Date: 1966 ca.

Description: Gaylord Nelson participates in a canoe trip down the Namekagon River in an effort to protect the river under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Date: 1954-06-27 

Description: Two people walk near a large rock formation in a wooded area with a picnic table in the foreground. The occasion was the opening of a new wayside park loca...

Photograph

Rock River Clean Up

Date: 1999-05 

Description: 77 volunteers pick up trash and debris in the Rock River. Chuck Trauba and the crew covered the river from Theresa Marsh to the Theresa Disposal plant. 50...

Date: 1978 

Description: Students at Wausau West High School involved in an innovative science project that studied energy consumption and pollution of the Wisconsin River.

Photograph

Earth Day 1970

Date: 1970-04 

Description: Acting on the suggestion of his mentor Senator Gaylord Nelson, Wisconsin congressman David R. Obey participated (here at a gym) at the first Earth Day even...

Date: 1940 ca.

Description: This quadrangle collection of maps, meaning geological surveys, shows sections of central and northern Wisconsin. The maps include a quadrangle index map.T...

Photograph

Bill Voelker

Date: 1997-07 

Description: Bill Voelker, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Educator and Naturalist, poses near DNR building located between Mayville and Horicon.

Date: 1976-07 

Description: Diagram showing environmental means by which humans can be exposed to radiation from nuclear power plants.

Date: 1970 ca.

Description: Editorial cartoon depicting Rodin's "The Thinker" wearing a gas mask. The figure is surrounded by pollution, with a factory spewing smoke in the background...

Photograph

John Muir

Date: 1899 ca.

Description: Waist-up studio portrait of naturalist, conservationist, and writer John Muir.

Magazine or Periodical

"Environmental Action" Cover Design

Date: 1970-03-03 

Description: The cover design of the magazine "Environmental Action: April 22" featuring a line drawing of multititudes of people clinging to and falling off of the Ear...

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