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A Brief Biography of Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson

Learn how Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson were inspired as boys to create the world's largest motorcycle company.

Historical Essay

Epidemic Anniversary

A History of Disease in Wisconsin

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

Lesson Plan

Little Elk, 1829

Use the 1829 speech by Little Elk, Ho-Chunk orator, to learn more about Ho-Chunk views on Euro-American cultures

Historical Essay

Driftless Area

Discover the ominously named hilly landscape environment of southwestern Wisconsin.

When the Beaver was King

Discover how beavers transformed Wisconsin's economy in the 1650s for the next two centuries.

Historical Essay


Origin of Yellowlake, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Yellowlake, Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Alice in Dairyland

Brief history of the Alice In Dairyland program, which promotes Wisconsin's dairy industry nationwide.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer

Read about this ardent abolitionist who rose from company captain to brigadier general.

Politician and Businessman

Discover the history of Henry Mott Youmans

Politician, Congressman, Dairy and Food Expert

Discover the history of politician Henry Cullen Adams

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

Historical Essay

Skunk Grease Medicine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Skunk grease made by Henry Blumer as a home health remedy for Adolph Strahm of Green County, Wisconsin, c. 1920. (Museum object #2006.1.1A-B)

Classroom Material

Arthur Davidson and Bill Harley

Discover the history of Arthur Davidson and Bill Harley, the boys who built the world's most famous motorcycle company

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Ladysmith, Wisconsin.

'Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story'

Ordering instructions for the 4th-grade textbook

Guide or Instruction

Writing a Process Paper

National History Day in Wisconsin

Learn about how to write the process paper for NHD.

Learn to use primary source materials to teach students about the abolitionist movement in Wisconsin in the 1850s.

Historical Essay


Origin of Deansville, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Deansville, Wisconsin

Brief history of African Americans in Wisconsin.
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