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Historical Essay

Milwaukee Handicraft Project

The Milwaukee Handicraft Project was a program of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) that employed women to make handmade products.

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

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Landscape view of the Martin Luetscher II farmstead, Honey Creek Township, Wisconsin, c. 1875 (Museum object #2005.182.1)

Historical Essay

The Black Hawk War

A Misunderstanding Leads to Massacre

Discover how a Treaty Misunderstanding led to the Massacre of Thousands of Sauk Indians

Historical Essay

Newhall House fire (1883)

Brief overview of the fire that burned down The Newhall House, a large hotel in Milwaukee, in 1883.

Historical Essay

Chase, Warren 1813-1891

Spiritualist, Social Reformer and Politician

Biography of spiritualist, social reformer and politician Warren Chase.

Lawyer, Politician, Senator, Cabinet Officer and Philanthropist

Biography of William Freeman Vilas, 1840-1908.

Historical Essay

John R. Commons, 1862-1945

The Spiritual Father of Social Security

Read about the life of the "spiritual father" of Social Security and his connection with Progressive Wisconsin ideals.

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

Oshkosh, Chief (1795-1858)

Chief of the Menominee Indians

Biography of Menominee Indian chief Oshkosh.

Some Interesting Stories of the Winnebago Chief

Read about Ho-Chunk Chief Dandy's interesting and friendly interactions with white settlers in Wisconsin, even while he was a fugitive.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 26th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 265 men during service.

Historical Essay

Nicolet, Jean 1598-1642

French Explorer

Biography of French explorer Jean Nicolet, believed to be the first European to see Wisconsin.

Lumberman, Resort Operator and Humorist

Biography of Eugene Shepard, whose "Hodag" monster hoax made Oneida County a tourist attraction.

Historical Essay

Evinrude, Ole 1877-1934

Inventor

Biography of Ole Evinrude, a Norwegian-American inventor who created the first outboard motor.

Historical Essay

Skunk Grease Medicine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Skunk grease made by Henry Blumer as a home health remedy for Adolph Strahm of Green County, Wisconsin, c. 1920. (Museum object #2006.1.1A-B)