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Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 51st Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Washburn in Milwaukee from March 20-April 29, 1865, at the very end of the war.

The Many Varied Photographs

Read about the diverse career of photographer Harold Gauer, who is perhaps best known for his humorous photographs.

Historical Essay

Lapham, Increase, 1811-1875

Wisconsin's First Scientist

Read about Wisconsin's first scientist. Learn about his achievements; including his scientific writings, and his work as an engineer and land surveyor.

Images of a Milwaukee Manufacturing Powerhouse

Read about one of Milwaukee's most successful manufacturing companies and view vintage photographs of the corporation.

Historical Essay

Epidemic Anniversary

A History of Disease in Wisconsin

Read this informative collection of all the outbreaks and epidemics in Wisconsin's history.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lawyer, Politician, 6th Wisconsin Governor, Presidential Cabinet Member

Brief biography of lawyer, judge and politician Alexander W. Randall, who served as the sixth Governor of Wisconsin from 1858 until 1861.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Baseball bat issued to Milwaukee Braves second baseman Red Schoendienst for the 1957 World Series. (Museum object #2005.128.1)

Historical Essay

Stevens, Brooks, 1911-1995

Industrial Designer

Learn more about this Milwaukeean whose life's work greatly influenced the field of industrial design and the art of salesmanship.

Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

Learn about how the Wisconsin Free Library Commission helped to establish and improve free public libraries in 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.

Historical Essay

Paine, Byron, 1827-1871

Civil Rights Law

Learn about the Milwaukee based lawyer who won two of Wisconsin's most important civil rights cases and was on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Historical Essay

Civil War Draft Drum

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Military draft raffle drum used to select draftee names in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the Civil War, 1863-1864. (Museum object #1966.174)

View a pictorial review of the Wisconsin State Fair from 1851 when it began.

Historical Essay

Hispanics in Wisconsin

Learn about the history of Hispanic Americans in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Sousa Conductor's Baton

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Conductor's baton presented to Marquette University by John Philip Sousa in 1924. (Museum object #1980.228.12)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

United States Senate campaign banner for Milwaukee Socialist Congressman Victor L. Berger, April 1918. (Museum object #1992.168)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Bowling shirt designed, made and worn by Earlene Fuller of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1995. (Museum object #2008.176.5)

Historical Essay

'Kewtie' Woman's Razor

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Early woman's "Kewtie" brand razor purchased in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1940s. (Museum object #1976.392.43)

Historical Essay

Land Speculation and Cities

How Real Estate Owners Created Wisconsin

Discover how land owners promoted their towns and villages for settlers and created the cities you know today.

This Milwaukee born woman successfully advocated for progressive reforms in the educational system and was influential in the Milwaukee socialist movement.
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