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Date: 1893 ca.

Description: Female students practice painting and drawing in an art class session at the State School for the Deaf as a teacher assists in the background.

Date: 1873 ca.

Description: A family is gathered in a yard around a table with a child on a rocking horse. The frame house behind them has a railing on its porch roof and latticework....

Date: 1892-07 

Description: Parade of men, women, and young people attending the second convention of the Wisconsin Loyal Temperance Union at Delavan. The LTL was a branch of the Wom...


The "Nepenthe"

Date: 1928-07-04 

Description: View from shoreline of the motor launch "Nepenthe," owned by Dr. Otto L. Schmidt, resting at the pier at Black Point on Geneva Lake. The boat is "dressed"...


A Wisconsin Road

Date:  date unknown

Description: A view of a road next to a park, visible to the left. A gazebo stands in the background.


Ceylon Building

Date: 1893 ca.

Description: The rear view of the Ceylon Building, which was from the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The building was later purchased by J.J. Mitchell, moved...


Dunham School

Date: 1946 

Description: Dunham School, standing in a grove of trees, surrounded by a fence. The building is built of brick and has a bell tower and chimney, with a front door with...


Description: Interior view of the White Memorial Library. The library opened in 1904 and was funded with a $15,000 donation from Flavia White. Bottom right of photograp...


Buena Vista House

Date: 1895 ca.

Description: View of the Buena Vista House with electric power lines. This Greek revival inn was erected in 1843 by Samuel R Bradley of Milwaukee, who is said to have g...


East Troy House

Date: 1925-07 

Description: This substantial wooden hotel in the classical revival style has a large wing in the rear and another on the right. A wrap-around porch unifies the buildin...


Delavan Lake

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: View of cabins on the shore of Delavan Lake, with three women standing near the base of a pier.

Date: 2003 ca.

Description: Lap robe and phonographic records in the Quinney farmhouse attic.

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Lake Geneva Title Page

Date: 1904 

Description: Title page of a picturesque and descriptive book about Lake Geneva showing two steamboats "Lady Of The Lake" and "Lucius Newberry".

Date: 1954-09 

Description: A view of the southeast corner of the dining room in the main house at Black Point, showing a china cabinet and tea table. The cabinet holds pieces of Cath...

Date: 1873 

Description: View of an estate covered with various plants and trees. Two people stand on a sidewalk in front of the distant estate, looking towards it. Two horses dr...


Description: Portrait of a young Kenneth Lewis Moffat Pray (1882-1948. Kenneth was born September 27, 1882,in Whitewater, WI,the son of Theron B. Pray (1849-1920), a te...

Date: 1930 

Description: Floyd Quinney seated on a covered water-chute while cows graze in the background.


Porter Residence

Date: 1925 ca.

Description: The home of Mrs. H.H. Porter.


Boat Construction

Date: 1928-03-24 

Description: The "Green Dragon" racing yacht, left and a dinghy under construction at John M. Nelson's workshop.

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