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Date: 1890 ca.

Description: Studio portrait of Magnus Swenson. He was a Norwegian immigrant who made his name in business and as an inventor. He served on the Wisconsin Capitol Buildi...

Date: 1895 ca.

Description: Will Viel chooses a cigar in Margraff & Freiburger's Dry Goods Store.

Wisconsin History Maker Award

Learn more about the chairman emeritus of Briggs & Stratton, the world's largest producer of air-cooled gasoline engines for outdoor equipment.

Date: 1960-07-24 

Description: A mobile silage processing equipment truck owned by the Black Earth Farm Service company.

Lawyer, Politician, Land Speculator, Promoter and Author

Biography of lawyer, politician, land speculator and promoter and author of a History of the Territory of Wisconsin, Moses Mccure Strong.

Date: 1874 

Description: Bird's-eye view map of Appleton, Wisconsin. Map reads: "NOTE.-Since the above cut was engraved, the Fox River Pulp & Paper Co.'s Mammoth Mills have been er...

Date: 1959-06-24 

Description: View of a Mid Century-style service station with two service bays and a sales room. Three gas pumps and the trunk of a car are visible and trees stand in...

Date: 1961-02-11 

Description: Ninety-two foreign students attending the UW, Beloit, and Milton Colleges representing 35 countries took buses to Janesville where they were guests of the...

Politician and Industrialist

Biography of Walter Jodok Koher, politician and founder of the Kohler Company.

Date: 1960-11-08 

Description: Ed Diener, left, and Irwin Goodman, center, of the Madison Chamber of Commerce present the key to the city to Bob Waterfield, head coach of the Los Angeles...


Orrin H. Ingram

Date:  date unknown

Description: Portrait of Orrin H. Ingram, lumber baron and philanthropist, especially for the development of Ripon College.

Lesson Plan

Teal Lake Lodge, 1923

Learn about the development of tourism in northern Wisconsin by examining a a family-owned resort which has operated since the 1920s

Wisconsin History Maker Award

Learn about this entrepreneur who led Oscar J. Boldt Construction nto one of the largest, most highly ranked construction groups in the nation

Historical Essay

Big Boy

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Trade figure from the Big Boy restaurant on South Park Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 1971-1985. (Museum object #1993.52)

Date: 1916 ca.

Description: Includes index to businesses, churches, and schools. Shows local streets, buildings, railroads, ward divisions, Fond du Lac River, and part of Lake Winneba...

Date: 1872 

Description: Shows townships and sections, landownership and acreages, roads, railroads, churches, schools, and cemeteries. Includes business directories of Manitowoc...


Isolated Shack

Date: 1960-09-24 

Description: An isolated shack that was formerly an antique dealer's store.


Description: Josh Sanford, an unknown individual, and Willis Hofmeister, at Willis's Radio and Electric Service. Sanford served in the Air Force during World War II as...

Date: 1870 

Description: Bird’s-eye view map. "Looking north east." Indexed for points of interest. Shows homes, businesses, and the Bark and Rock River. Streets running west to ea...

Date: 1958-12-04 

Description: Members of the National Sales Executive Club of Madison were hosts to their bosses at "Top Management" Night. Highlight of the evening was the presentation...

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