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Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Mexican-American War Officer

This image gallery depicts Madison, Wisconsin, as a hub of dynamic social, political and cultrual change from the 1960s through the mid-1970s.

Historical Essay

Oldest Toast in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Charred bread slices recovered from the Alden's Corners archaeological site in Dane County, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2002.211.1,3,5)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 38th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1864-1865 and lost 113 men during service.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Oldest known surviving license plate in Wisconsin, issued to a Mount Horeb man, 1905. (Museum object #1966.493.1)

Read about Earth Day's founder, Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator and early environmentalist.

Historical Essay

Pauline Pottery Covered Jar

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Hand-painted earthenware jar manufactured by the Pauline Pottery, Edgerton, Wisconsin, 1888-1892. (Museum object # 1964.95.1,A)

View images of regional singers and musicians from the Helene Stratman-Thomas folk music project.

Photographer David Giffey Captures Details of Migrant Worker Life

Learn about migrant worker life in Wisconsin and Texas captured by Wisconsin-born photojournalist David Giffey.

View the online collection of Photo Copy Service photographs taken in Madison from the 1920s through 1960s.

Historical Essay

Farming and Industry

How a Disaster Made Wisconsin the Dairy State

Discover how Wisconsin became the nation's leader in wheat long before it was renowned for dairy, and the disaster that made it all possible.

Historical Essay

Madison's First Thanksgiving

The Power of the Pumpkin

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Gold-plated commemorative Ray-O-Vac flashlight produced to celebrate production milestone, 1950. (Museum object #1950.2541)

James T. Potter's Photos

View this image collection of architectural details of places in Madison, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

State Capitol Spittoon

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Ornamented bronze cuspidor (spittoon) used in the Wisconsin State Capitol, c. 1915-1955. (Museum object #1955.3600,A-B)

Historical Essay

Leopold, Aldo, 1887-1948

Father of Wildlife Ecology

Learn about the man whose focus on the philosophy of conservation would inspire the environmental movement during the mid-20th century.

Historical Essay

Madison Style Ice Boat Model

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Madison Style ice boat model built by the Bernard family, c. 1917, rebuilt 1977. (Museum object #1983.292)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 42nd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on September 7, 1864.

Historical Essay

African American Migration

World War II and it Effect on Blacks

Discover the effects World War II had on Blacks in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 30th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 69 men in service.
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