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

Historical Essay

Epidemic Anniversary

A History of Disease in Wisconsin

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

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)

Read about the most famous escapes of fugitive slaves along Wisconsin's Underground Railroad. Includes links to primary sources.

Historical Essay

Labor Day in Wisconsin

Beyond Beer and Brats

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

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

Historical Essay

Ella Wheeler Wilcox Doll

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Doll depicting Wisconsin poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox made by Milwaukee artist Joan (Beringer) Pripps, 1947-1948. (Museum object #2007.139.19)

Historical Essay

Catlin, John, 1803-1874

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.

Historical Essay

Women's History in Wisconsin

Provides a comprehensive summary of women's history in Wisconsin and contains primary sources from the 16th century to the early 21st century.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Evacuation Route road sign used to direct Milwaukee, Wisconsin residents out of town in the event of a potential nuclear bomb detonation, installed 1955-19

Historical Essay

Development of the Railroads

Read how the development of railroads spurred settlement and aided farmers and businesses in mid-19th-century Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

1941 Model FL motorcycle manufactured by the Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1941. (Museum object #2003.19.1)

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

Read about the fur trade conducted with the Wisconsin Indians over two centuries by first the French, then the British, and finally the Americans.

Historical Essay

Allis-Chalmers Governor

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Governor for hydraulic turbine engine, made by the Allis-Chalmers Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1905. (Museum object #2008.64.1)

Learn about the strong influence Wisconsin held on the national automobile industry in the early-mid 20th Century.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, U.S. Marshall, Wisconsin Board of Regents Member

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

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.

Learn about Wisconsin's contributions to the Civil War effort, including the Iron Brigade and Old Abe, the war eagle.
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