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Historical Essay

Wisconsin's Spanish Currency

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Spanish Reale coin from the Alden's Corners Post Office Site in Dane County, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2002.211.8)

Historical Essay

Falling Waters, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about the first Civil War battle in which Wisconsin soldiers engaged with the enemy. This article contains a link to original documents.

A Historical Look at Service Stations

Photographs of Wisconsin gas stations portray the development of service station architecture.

Historical Essay

20th-Century Immigration

Learn how economic and social conditions in Wisconsin and elsewhere brought new groups of immigrants to Wisconsin in the 20th century.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 49th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison between December 24, 1864, and March 5, 1865.

View this image collection of the Wisconsin Democratic Senator William Proxmire.

Promotions on Paper, 1850s-1975

Custom-designed letterheads were a universal way of proclaiming who you were. Historical letterheads are prime examples of early branding.

Historical Essay

Bascom Hill Pink Flamingo

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Pink flamingo from the flock that graced Bascom Hill on on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, 1979. (Museum object #1979.302A-C)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read a brief description of the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, Co. G. This article includes links to original documents and other accounts of the Company.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Half gallon milk bottle used by Hoard's Dairyman Farm of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, c. 1934-1944. (Museum Object 1977.354.84)

Historical Essay

Effigy Mounds Culture

Learn about the Effigy Mound communities which transformed Native American life in Wisconsin between 600 and 1000 AD.

Historical Essay

Oldest Toast in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Charred bread slices recovered from the Alden's Corners archaeological site in Dane County, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2002.211.1,3,5)

Historical Essay

Iuka, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn more about Wisconsin's role in this Civil War battle. This article includes links to view original documents and other accounts of this battle.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Mirro Sno-Coaster sled manufactured by Aluminum Goods Manufacturing Co. of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 1955. (Museum object #2006.2.1)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 5th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service for three years on July 12, 1861.

Learn how contact with Europeans, the fur trade, and warfare among the tribes drove many Indans to the Wisconsin territory in the 17th century.

View many photographs of Cassville Wisconsin's varied river life, taken by Frank W. Feiker

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

General Bragg recalls Captain Dennis Dailey, of Company G, 6th Wisconsin Regiment, who attempted to seize an entire Confederate brigade by himself

Historical Essay

Early Two-Piece Bathing Suit

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Two-piece bathing suit worn by Lois Nelson of Racine, Wisconsin, c. 1947. (Museum object #2003.113.6A-B)

Read about the Cold War, the Korean War, and the rise of the anti-communist movement in the 1950s spearheaded by Joseph McCarthy.
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