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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.

See a list of historical highlights from Wisconsin history

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

from Tools for Teaching the History of Civil Rights in Milwaukee and the Nation (Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2015)

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

Field Trip or Tour

'Immigration' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Explore the Norwegian Area, discover reasons for migration to the New World and what life was like for immigrants once they arrived in Wisconsin.

Field Trip or Tour

'Entrepreneurs' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Learn how immigrants seeking the "American Dream" adapted to innovative technology by changing the way they made their living.

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.

Madeline Island Museum

Cross the waters of Lake Superior and experience a cultural encounter at the Madeline Island Museum.
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.

Learn about how archaeologist explore underwater shipwrecks


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.

Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I

The newspaper articles, photos, and letters in this section are samples of the rampant anti-German hysteria in Wisconsin during World War I

Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I

The documents in this lesson will help students understand WWII and the issues and results of a wartime economy


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.


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.