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Historical Essay

The Founding of Major Cities

Read how land speculation and the development of transportation spurred settlement in 19th-century Wisconsin, leading to the rise of larger cities.

A Greenbelt Town

Read about how the suburban community of Greendale, Wisconsin, was engineered and view photographs documenting its development.

Historical Essay

The Birth of Lake Delton

Learn about the rise of Wisconsin Dells tourism, and read about the creation and collapse of the manmade river it was founded on. Links to pictures.

Jim Widmer's 'Spirit of Rural Wisconsin,' Part I

Jim Widmer's photographs of Theresa, Wisconsin.

An intimate look at family, architecture, interiors and fashion in Victorian Wisconsin between 1885 and 1900

Learn about the lives of upper-middle class Wisconsinites in the Victorian period between 1885 and 1900.

Ever wonder why beer is so popular in Wisconsin? Wisconsin history is full of breweries and beer.

The Photographs of Harold Hone

This article describes the careers of Harold Hone and Frank Utpatel in relation to the W.P.A.

Madison's Settlement House

Images of Madison's only settlement house, Neighborhood House, from 1916 until the 1960.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin Home

Learn about he home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and view rare photographs of the building he designed and redesigned during his lifetime.

Wisconsin photographer David Marcou's images of life in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Architectural photographs of the restored opera houses of Wisconsin.

Last Socialist to Run a Major American City

Learn about Milwaukee's third and last Socialist mayor. Read about the many improvements made to the city of Milwaukee under his leadership.

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.

View the online collection of Photo Copy Service photographs taken in Madison from the 1920s through 1960s.

Snapshots of Daily Life

Study this collection of family photos and see a natural, simple view of everyday life in early 20th-century Randolph, Wisconsin.

The Watercolors of Winifred Ford

Read about the life and career of painter Winifred Ford who created watercolors of historic Madison residences.

Learn the inside story of the Teasdale Vice Committee Investigation of 1913 in Wisconsin and their crusade against "social evil."

View images produced by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, while they were challenging a white, supremacist delegation.

Jim Widmer's 'Spirit of Rural Wisconsin,' Part II

Jim Widmer's photographs of the Friday fish fry dinner tradition in Wisconsin.
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