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Historical Object

Wisconsin Thematic Panel 7-11


Description: I had to know the point to which the path was tracked
and when the definition would cease to be my own

Historical Essay

Lighthouses and Lifesaving

Underwater Archaeology

Learn about the importance of lighthouses on the shores of the Great Lakes.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Three women stand on the shore in front of the steamer Barker at Devil's Island natural dock.


Description: The world is flat; we get around
this stretched credulity
by going straight as an arrow
and meeting ourselves in a space of time

Underwater Archaeology

Learn about why there were so many shipwrecks in the 1800s off Wisconsin's shores.

Date: 1885-09-04 before

Description: Exterior and interior bill of fare from The Chequamegon, with views on the back of rock formations, waterfalls, a spot illustration of a train going over a...

Date: 1948-05-13 before

Description: Dinner menu from the Holland-America Line ship R.M.S. Nieuw Amsterdam, with "A Repast About 1830," with men, women, and a child gathered around a ta...

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: View over pier made of pilings towards a floating drydock, now embedded in the ice, near Solombola, Russia. There are tall buildings behind it on the oppos...

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: Elevated view from roof of British volunteer forces parading in Archangel [Archangelsk], Russia right before they disembarked from the town. The crowd watc...

Date: 1953 ca.

Description: Front and back of one-page menu from the Scandia Restaurant, with a whimsical cartoon map rendering by Hakon Mielche of the Scandinavian countries and the...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Photographic postcard of a steamboat and several other ships on serene water. There is a shoreline in the far background.


Port Moresby Harbor

Date: 1944-02-05 

Description: General view of Port Moresby Harbor from road, New Guinea (present day Papua New Guinea). A jeep is on the road on the left. Several soldiers are near a sh...


Description: Star of our Jesus, so extra bright
Make me a country child just for tonight

Bur Grinnerung an die
Jubiläumsfeier der Freien Gemeinde von Sauf...

Supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Chapter 9 supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Date: 1933-10-19 before

Description: "A Night Above the Clouds" dinner menu, with a tipped-in infra-red photograph of the peaks around Mt. Everest on cream stock embedded with silver flecks. O...

Date: 1934-01-13 before

Description: Handwritten menu and "Bon Voyage" greeting in a card from the Swedish American Line, with a Swedish castle on the cover, and on the inside of the card, a t...

Date: 1948-05-14 before

Description: Dinner menu from the Holland-America Line ship R.M.S. Nieuw Amsterdam, with "A Repast About 1900," with men in tuxedos and women in long gowns sitti...

Date: 1893 

Description: 1893 calendar, with the months of August & September. Features an illustration of a woman holding a light. Around her are books, telescope, and other objec...

Milwaukee's First Photojournalist

Read about the life and career of photojournalist John Robert Taylor, who captured the spirit of Milwaukee through photographs in the early 20th century.

Date: 1896 

Description: Catalog cover of Adriance, Platt & Co. features an illustration of a farmer standing in a field holding a scythe and wiping his brow. In the background men...

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