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Dr. Joseph Smith: Early 20th Century Life in Marathon County - Image Gallery Essay

View photographs taken by Dr. Joseph Smith in the early 20th century in and around Marathon County, Wisconsin.

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Underground Newspapers of the 1960s and 1970s

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Learn about how the Wisconsin Free Library Commission helped to establish and improve free public libraries in Wisconsin.

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A Hand-Book for the Homeseeker

Read about the dream of successful farming in northern Wisconsin in 1895.

Madison's Soap Box Derby

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Image galleries feature selections from visual materials in the Society's Archives. They reflect the wide range of subjects, photographers, and collections available for research. Each gallery is introduced by an essay to provide historical context and background.

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