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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.

Historical Essay

Dairyland Rat Poison

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Dairyland Rat Poison container made for the Wisconsin Pharmacal Co. of Milwaukee, 1955-1965. (Museum object #1999.143.34)

Historical Essay

First Practical Typewriter

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Sholes & Glidden typewriter developed by Christopher Latham Sholes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and marketed c. 1874. (Museum object #1964.31)

Historical Essay

Wisconsin's First Election

Creating the Wisconsin Territory

Discover the story of Wisconsin's first elections and how the state was divided into its present-day areas.

Historical Essay

The Founding of Major Cities

Read how land speculation and the development of transportation spurred settlement in 19th-century Wisconsin, leading to the rise of larger cities.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Winning entry for the first Alice in Dairyland dress design, 1948. (Museum object #2005.157.1)

Read about the German born man who made an indelible mark on the history of Milwaukee with his creation of the Pabst Brewing Company.

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

Road jersey worn by Milwaukee Braves first baseman Joe Adcock in 1957. (Museum object #2006.68.1)

Historical Essay

Stereo Realist 3-D Camera

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Stereo Realist f3.5 camera made by the David White Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1951. (Museum object #1980.337)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 10th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1861-1864 and lost 244 men during service.

Learn about the canal era and the use of steamboats on Wisconsin waterways and lakes in the 19-th century.

Witnesses Tell Their Stories

Learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor through these firsthand accounts from Wisconsinites who were there when it happened.

Historical Essay

Automobile Culture

Learn about automobile, truck, tractor, and motorcycle manufacturing and the development of the tourism industry in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Milwaukee Sewer Socialism

Read about the era in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Milwaukee became the first Socialist city in the United States.

Learn about the LGBT rights movement in Wisconsin. This article also contains links to other articles about the history of the gay movement in WI.

Historical Essay

Allis, Edward P. (1824-1889)

Learn more about the entrepreneur and manufacturing innovator who established, Allis Company, Milwaukee's largest industrial employer in the late 1880s.

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 27th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Sigel in Milwaukee and mustered into service on March 7, 1863.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Desk used by Milwaukee Alder Vel Phillips, made by the Northwestern Furniture Company for Milwaukee City Hall, 1895. (Museum object #2007.16.1)
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