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Historical Essay

Hardanger Fiddle

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Mid-nineteenth century violin converted into Hardanger fiddle by Knute Hellund, c. 1893. (Museum object #1973.56)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

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

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Portrait of Lucius Fairchild by John Singer Sargent, 1887. (Museum object #1942.305)

Harry and Roy Aitken

View the photographic stills from early silent film producers and Waukesha natives Harry and Roy Aitken.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Magnavox Odyssey Home Video Game System played by Susan and John Gyarmati of Cedarburg, Wisconsin during the 1970s. (Museum object #2006.95.2)

Read about the early French explorers who mapped and described the Wisconsin territory in the 17th century.

View many photographs of Cassville Wisconsin's varied river life, taken by Frank W. Feiker

Glimpses of African-American Life in the Midwest, 1865-1934

Read about three generations of a Midwestern African-American family.

Historical Essay

Berger, Victor, 1860-1929

Symbol of Milwaukee Socialism

Learn about the man who was the symbol of Milwaukee Socialism. Read about his involvement in the newspaper business, politics, and his anti-war stance.

A Short History of Wisconsin

Learn about the key people and events during Wisconsin's Territorial Era (1787-1848).

Learn about the origin, and the many spellings and erronious meanings of Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Gold Rush Shawl

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Chinese silk shawl purchased in California during the Gold Rush by Joseph Stroebe of Winnebago County, Wisconsin in 1855. (Museum object #1960.10)

Read how workers and trade unions helped improve working conditions and reform state government in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Historical Essay

King, Gen. Rufus (1814-1876)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Newspaper Editor

Brief biography of Gen. Rufus King, a leader of the famous Iron Brigade and influential newspaper editor.

A Popular Swindler

Read about John Till and the miraculous "medical" plaster treatment that led to his arrest by the State Medical Board.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Author

Learn about the Colonel who kept detailed accounts of several important battles of the Civil War.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Newspaper Editor, Philanthropist

Historical Essay

Abolition and Other Reforms

Read about 19th-century reform movements such as temperance and antislavery, as well as experimental utopian communities, in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Works, BadgerCare, Pathways to Independence

Learn about Tommy Thompson's welfare legislation that became a national model for state-supported aid to low-income families and disabled people.

Learn about the influx of African Americans to Wisconsin and the economic conditions that brought them in the decades following World War II.

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