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Resources for Teachers

Start enhancing your teaching today by discovering useful tools from experts at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Help your students research history with helpful guides and lesson plans. Watch history come to life in our books, field trips and classroom visits.

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Primary Sources and Research Tools

With resources appropriate for every grade level, bringing primary resources and critical thinking to the classroom has never been easier.

Introduce students to Freedom Summer with this overview of key events. Each slide contains images of original documents and notes to help guide discussion

Use the 'History and Critical Thinking Handbook" to help guide your students to deeper and more meaningful connections to the past.

See a list of historical highlights from Wisconsin history

Learn about America's presidential elections since 1856 and discover how Wisconsin voted.
History Field Trips

Make history come to life for your students! Tour a local historical society or museum in your area to see log cabins, blacksmith shops, historic kitchens and more!

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Villa Louis Field Trip

Villa Louis - a historic site

Encounter the world of Victorian America

Field Trip or Tour

'Industrialization' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Explore the Crossroads Village and discover why the railroad created challenges for 19th-century small towns.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Field Trip

If your school or class working on a project-based lesson or taking part in the National History Day program, this field trip is for you!

Field Trip or Tour

Pendarvis Field Trip

Pendarvis - a historic site

Learn about the lives of immigrant Cornish miners in the 1830s and 1840s during the Wisconsin Territory's lead-mining boom.
Cover of the latest book in the Badger Biographies series.

Educational Publications

Introduce middle school readers to Wisconsin history with our kid-friendly books.

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Archaeology Resources

Familiarize your students with the basic concepts and procedures guiding archaeological research.

Historical Essay

Lighthouses and Lifesaving

Underwater Archaeology

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

Inquire about in-person presentations by archaeologists from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

STUDENT RESOURCES

Discover amazing facts about Wisconsin history on your own!

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Secondary Lesson Plans

Teach Wisconsin history with primary sources drawn from collections within the Society's Archives. Designed for grade levels 6-12.

Use the 1673 journal of Father Jacques Marquette to introduce students to the early exploration of Wisconsin

Teach students to use census population schedules in researching life in Wisconsin communities.

TURNING POINTS IN WISCONSIN HISTORY

Turning Points in Wisconsin History.

Explore key historical events that shaped Wisconsin and our nation. Read essays based on rare books and primary source documents.

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Have Questions?

If you have questions about our field trips, lesson plans, or other educational resources, please contact Kurt Griesemer by phone at 608-264-6547 or by email.

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