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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.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

"Broken Star" quilt made from flour and feed sacks for a 4-H project, 1931. (Museum object #2005.115.1)

Historical Essay

The Origin of Milwaukee

Mahn-a-waukke

Discover how Milwaukee, Wisconsin got its name

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

Historical Essay

Civil War: 6th Infantry

Term: Civil War (6th Infantry) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Madison's Soap Box Derby

Learn about the history of Madison's Soap Box Derby, a popular racing sport amongst young boys nation-wide in the early to mid-1900s.

Historical Essay

Civil War: Battle Flags

Term: Civil War (Battle Flags) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

When Beer Was Almost Illegal

A Popular Speaker Sways Opinion

Discover the connection between P.T. Barnum and the 1853 statewide referendum on liquor sales.

Historical Essay

Shotz Brewery Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Shotz Brewery smock used in Laverne and Shirley television series, 1976-1980. (Museum object #2006.38.1)

A Brief Biography of Aldo Leopold

Learn how a boy from Iowa grew up to be one of the most important environmentalists of the 20th century and a legendary Wisconsinite.

View these images of cranberry harvesting in Wisconsin.

Teacher, Newspaperman and Politician

Biography of teacher, newspaperman and politician Albert Gallatin Ellis.

Historical Essay

Vitamin-Finding Feces Bucket

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Sheetmetal bucket with wooden handle. Collected cow manure for University of Wisconsin, Madison, nutrition experiments, 1907-1911.(Museum object #1992.103)

Historical Essay

Marsh, Cutting (1800-1873)

Presbyterian Missionary

Biography of Presbyterian clergyman Cutting Marsh, who worked as a missionary with the Stockbridge Indians.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Garnet velvet evening gown worn by Wisconsin First Lady Charlotte McAleer Kohler to President Eisenhower's 1953 Inauguration Ball. (Museum object #1960.211

Learn about the origin, and the many spellings and multiple meanings of "Wisconsin."

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn more about the 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery. This article contains links to original documents.

Historical Essay

Ainsworth, John H. 1940

Term: John H. Ainsworth 1940 in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, U.S. Congressman, Founder of General Mills

Historical Essay

Nuclear Fuel Assembly

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Control rod and replica fuel assembly from Wisconsin's first nuclear power plant. (Museum object 1997.56.13-14)
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