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Historical Essay

Suburbs in Wisconsin

Brief history of suburbs in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Tourism in Wisconsin

A brief summary of tourism in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Oldest known surviving license plate in Wisconsin, issued to a Mount Horeb man, 1905. (Museum object #1966.493.1)

Automobiles in Wisconsin History

Read about the evolution of the automotive industry and the drastic changes in manufacturing work, road infrastructure, the economy and American culture.

Brief history of the Four-Wheel Drive Auto Company.

Brief history of the General Motors plant in Janesville.

Historical Essay

Nash Ambassador Automobile

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

1948 Ambassador sedan, manufactured by the Nash Motors Division of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, Kenosha, WI, 1947-1948. (Museum object #1992.156)

A brief description of the history of dining out as a cultural tradition in Wisconsin.

Learn about the strong influence Wisconsin held on the national automobile industry in the early-mid 20th Century.

A Collection of Photographs

Photographs of Winther Motor company offer insight into early 20th century manufacturing.

Historical Essay

Automobile Culture

Wisconsin and the Invention of the Car

Discover how Wisconsin's influence on the automobile and tourist culture.

A Short History of Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Roads in Wisconsin (modern)

A brief history, starting in the early 20th century, of Wisconsin's roadways.

Brief history of the automobile industry in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Warner "Auto-Meter," Model K-2, made by the Warner Instrument Company of Beloit, Wisconsin, c. 1906-1910. (Museum object #1989.81.1)
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