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Ever wonder why beer is so popular in Wisconsin? Wisconsin history is full of breweries and beer.

How Years of Failure led to Success

Discover the history of suffrage in Wisconsin, and how the state became the first to ratify the 19th amendment after many difficulties.

View the International Harvester Glass Negative Series featuring images of farmers, animals, factory workers, tractors, small-town life and more.

Historical Essay

Wilderness, Battle of the

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about the Battle of the Wilderness that occurred from May 5 to June 12, 1864.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read a brief description of the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, Co. G. This article includes links to original documents and other accounts of the Company.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Fruit Famer, Postmaster

Photographic portraits of Native Americans dating from 1898.

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.

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)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lawyer, Helped Draft the Wisconsin Constitution

Read about the career of Milwaukee-based photographer Simon L. Stein who is known for his portraits of prominent Wisconsin citizens.

Photographs and Poetic Texts

Learn about the experimental style of one of the country's most respected scholars in the field of photography and archives.

Historical Essay

Travel and Tourism

The Invention of a new Pastime

Discover how new technology helped create the tourist industry in Wisconsin in the 19th century

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry, originally 4th Wisconsin Infantry, from Racine, which served in the Civil War 1861-1966 and lost 431 men in service.

Black-and-white photographs taken and printed by Civil War-era photographer George N. Barnard.

Historical Essay

Purim Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Costume worn by Gary Ray Howards of Racine during the Jewish holiday of Purim, 1957. (Museum object #2003.20.2)

Historical Essay

Falling Waters, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about the first Civil War battle in which Wisconsin soldiers engaged with the enemy. This article contains a link to original documents.

Historical Essay

Punch Card Voting Device

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Votomatic punch card voting device used in Walworth County, Wisconsin, until 2000. (Museum object #2006.24.1)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Wisconsin Attorney General and State Senator

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Read how Colonel Louis Crane of the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry shared his feelings with his brother, James, on the day before the battle of Cedar Mountain

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