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Historical Essay

Antietam, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

This brief article on the famous Civil War battle includes links to battle maps, original documents, related images, and a longer account of the battle.

Wisconsin pioneer Joseph Crelie, might have been exhibited to spectators in 1864 as being 139 years old. But how old was he really?

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Fruit Famer, Postmaster

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

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)

Historical Essay

Granger Gourd

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Ceremonial container made from a gourd, presented to Wisconsin Governor William R. Taylor, 1874. (Museum object #1993.53)

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Read the story of Madison's first and most beloved drunkard, Pinneo.

The "Teenie Weenies" cartoons enchanted readers of all ages for more than 50 years. View this selection of cartoons by William Donahey.

An intimate look at family, architecture, interiors and fashion in Victorian Wisconsin between 1885 and 1900

Learn about the lives of upper-middle class Wisconsinites in the Victorian period between 1885 and 1900.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Early Paleo-Indian fluted spear point found in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and made between 12,000 B.C. and 8,000 B.C. (Museum object #1985.2)

Harry Ellsworth Cole

Cole's photographs show scenic views of the Dells and Devil's Lake area as well as geological features throughout Sauk County.

Learn how Wisconsin became an industrial center in the latter half of the 19th century.

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)

Read an account of the French explorer who claimed much of Wisconsin for France and who traded with several Indian tribes near Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Minicom III TTY machine made by Ultratec, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, c. 1986-1989. (Museum object #2004.58.2a-h)

Historical Essay

Brown Wedding Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Golden-brown silk gown worn by Miss Mary Dittberner at her 1887 wedding to Bernhard Stieg in Clintonville, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2008.129.1A-B)

Historical Essay

The Wisconsin Angel

A Brief Biography of Cordelia Harvey

Discover how Cordelia Harvey went from teaching school children to petitioning President Abraham Lincoln for Wisconsin hospitals.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 31st Wisconsin Infantry was organized by companies and was organized at Prairie du Chien and Camp Utley in Racine.
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