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Description: Cheesemakers in a small local factory. The man on the right is stirring a large kettle.

Date: 1925 

Description: Three-quarter view of left side and front of the the Wiota Butter and Cheese Company. A wooden flight of stairs leads up to the second floor entrance. Ther...

Date: 2007-06-24 before

Description: One-page autographed menu for a six-course food and wine benefit dinner at L'Etoile Restaurant for Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch, a program promoting the use o...

Date: 1930-10-24 

Description: Man sitting in driver's seat of a Skelly Truck promoting itself with banners and streamers. In the background on the right is a church.

Date: 1991 

Description: An original cartoon given to Ralph Widmer by the famous cartoonist, Walt Wetterberg, whose cartoon, "Ada The Aryshire," appears regularly in the "Farm Jour...


Description: Interior view of the Magnolia Cheese Factory.

Historical Essay

The Rise of Dairy Farming

How Wisconsin Became the Dairy State

Discover how Wisconsin became the Dairy State.


Cheese Tour

Date: 1976 

Description: John J. Widmer gives "Alice in Dairyland", Janice (Findlay) Aiken, a tour of the Widmer Cheese Factory.

Date: 1986 

Description: Warner Creek Cheese billboard, including a 3D sculpture of a mouse with cheese, in front of a small, brick building. Located off the State Highway near Hil...


Ralph Widmer

Date: 2000-06 

Description: Ralph Widmer, an excellent spokesman for Widmer Cheese, talks about curing cheese.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Governor Warren Knowles helps to slice a wedge of cheese. Left to right: an unidentified Colonel; Dorothy Guidry Knowles; State Senator Gerald Lorge; Miss...

Learn the stories behind Wisconsin's most enduring icons.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Monroe, Wisconsin.

Date: 1930-10-24 

Description: Group portrait of children in costume posed on the back of a truck decorated with streamers for the Cheese Day Parade. Some of the children hold handwritte...


Cheese Day

Date: 1930-10-24 

Description: Group of people posing among round wood cheese boxes on a flatbed truck decorated as a float in the Cheese Day Parade. One person holds a sign that says: "...

Date: 1995-09 before

Description: Letterpress menu poster for the American Dairy Goat Products Association Festival from the Heartland annual conference, goat cheese and milk judging, and c...


Description: Put aside anything so futile

All that fermented time
spent and blackened, much obscured,
is now restored with cheese and wine

Historical Essay

Copper Swiss Cheese Kettle

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Copper kettle used to make Swiss cheese at the Tuscobia Cheese Factory near Rice Lake, Wisconsin, c. 1910 to 1969. (Museum object #2004.64.1)

Date: 1930-10-24 

Description: Group portrait of children posed on flatbed truck decorated with streamers as a float for Cheese Day. A sign reads: "Cheese is King," and a boy dressed as...

Date: 1965-07-09 

Description: A group of scouts enjoy a snack at picnic tables outside the Wisconsin Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair. Each scout has a glass of milk and a young woman...

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