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Date: 1943 

Description: Department of Agriculture Design No. 1, "Forest Fire." The poster features a forest fire blazing around a lone country house, with smoke billowing into the...

Date: 1871-11-25 

Description: Engraved view of Peshtigo Fire showing people trying to escape the flames by boat and on horseback. A team of cattle also seek refuge and several birds tak...

Photograph

Plow Furrows

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Description: Furrows plowed to stop a forest fire in Douglas County along County N, west of Solon Springs.

Learn how paintings from the Wisconsin Historical Society's collection provide clues about the past.

The Virgin Mary Appears to an Illiterate Peasant Girl

Learn about the first and only manifestation of the Virgin Mary in the United States near Green Bay, confirmed by the Vatican.

Date: 1913 ca.

Description: Forest of burnt tree trunks and broken logs.

Photograph

Tree Removal

Date: 1927-07-22 

Description: A man uses a tractor and rope to fell a tree in an area that appears to have been cleared by fire.

Date: 1859 ca.

Description: The maple and hickory forests in the old northwest were often plagued with fires during the summer months. H√∂lzlhuber, on a return journey from Niagara Fal...

Learn about the Peshtigo fire of 1871

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Description: Grass meadow with rotting tree stumps, possibly after a fire.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Well jetting equipment with three hose lines extinguishing forest fires.

Photograph

Forest Fire

Date:  date unknown

Description: View of three people silhouetted against the advancing edge of a brush fire.

Date: 1950 ca.

Description: Smokey Bear cub with Judy Bell in front of a fire-prevention poster featuring the character for whom the young bear was named.

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Description: Several men fighting a small forest fire. One man has a water pack on his back.

Historical Essay

Forest Fires in Wisconsin

A list of Wisconsin's notable forest fires.

Historical Essay

Disasters in Wisconsin

Learn about the meaning of "disasters in Wisconsin" and the various tragedies the state endured.

Date: 1944 

Description: Forest Fire Design No. 3, Untitled. The poster features primarily text, in shades of dulled red and white. A message on the back of the poster indicates th...

Date: 1950 

Description: Smokey Bear cub receives treatment from Dr. Edwin J. Smith of Santa Fe, for burns he suffered in a forest fire.

Date: 1915 ca.

Description: View from shoreline of Trout Lake of a group of six men posed with the pilot, possibly Jack Vilas, on an early seaplane or flying boat floating in the wate...

Speakers Bureau

Bill Matthias is a WHS Press author and a member of the Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau.
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