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Historical Essay

X-Ray Shoe Fitting Machine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Simplex fluoroscope machine by X-Ray Shoe Fitter, Inc., Milwaukee. Most likely used in a Sturgeon Bay shoe store, c 1945-1955. (Museum object #1992.109)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Engine fragment from the van used in the Sterling Hall bombing, 1970. (Museum object #1994.8)

Historical Essay

Polka Rhythms Bandstand

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Bandstand used by Chad Przybylski and his Polka Rhythms of Pulaski, Wisconsin, from c. 1980 until 2003. (Museum object #2003.10.1)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, 9th Governor of Wisconsin

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

The Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, in May 1864 pitted 100,000 Union troops against 52,000 Confederates.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Menominee Fancy Dance Bustle

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Fancy dance back bustle made of dyed turkey feathers, Neopit, Wisconsin on the Menominee Reservation, c. 1982. (Museum object # 1982.48.8)

Historical Essay

Shiloh, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about Wisconsin's role in one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War. This article includes links to related documents and images.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Discover Madison's Kehl School of Dance through photographs of the performers, public events, dance studio, and other images.

Historical Essay

Automobile Culture

Wisconsin and the Invention of the Car

Discover how Wisconsin's influence on the automobile and tourist culture.

How Wisconsin was Divided

Discover how the Ordinance of 1787 extended government, prohibited slavery and led to the survey of public lands north of the Ohio River.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 6th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and was mustered into service on July 16, 1861.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Marquetry table made by August Schlaak as a Christmas present for his daughter, 1923-1929. (Museum object #2003.78.1)

How a Senator From Wisconsin Created the Red Scare

Discover how a senator from Wisconsin named Joseph McCarthy created the climate of fear known as the "Red Scare."

Historical Essay

Wooden Curling Stone

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Wooden curling stone used near Lodi, Wisconsin in the 19th century. (Museum object #1957.205)

Historical Essay

Rosaline Peck's Violin

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Violin and bow played by Madison, Wisconsin pioneer Rosaline Peck, 1830s. (Museum object #1969.304.2,A)

Learn about the history of Christmas cards and their various uses during World War I and II, and in postwar America.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

"Spanish Lady" costume worn for Halloween by Virginia Shaver in 1922. (Museum object #2003.29.1)
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