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Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Banker, Politician, Congressman and Railroad Promoter

Biography of banker, politician, Congressman and railroad promoter and executive Alexander Mitchell.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer

He traveled the world as a young naval officer before helping to lead the 4th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War. He died in battle.

Historical Essay

Houdini, Harry 1874 - 1926

Magician and Showman

Brief biography of Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926).

Historical Essay

Lady Elgin (shipwreck, 1860)

Brief description of the sinking of the Lady Elgin which was carryinh about 300 Milwaukeeans.

Historical Essay

Wau

Read about the possible historic origins of the frequently used syllable "wau" in the geographic names of Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Dutch in Wisconsin

Leart about Dutch immigration to Wisconsin, which peaked between 1840 and 1890 and was divided into Protestant and Catholic group.

Historical Essay

Dairyland Rat Poison

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Dairyland Rat Poison container made for the Wisconsin Pharmacal Co. of Milwaukee, 1955-1965. (Museum object #1999.143.34)

Historical Essay

Artisans Day Ribbon

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Artisans Day Ribbon possibly worn during parade in Milwaukee, September 3, 1888. (Museum object #H12653)

Historical Essay

Kreiter Piano Company

Learn about the Kreiter Piano Company, which produced pianos in Milwaukee and Marinette between 1880 and 1945.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

United States Senate campaign banner for Milwaukee Socialist Congressman Victor L. Berger, April 1918. (Museum object #1992.168)

Read about the life of this influential Wisconsonite and his contributions to the field of architecture. Article includes links to many primary sources.

Lawyer, Politician and Judge

Biography of lawyer, politician and judge Edward George Ryan.

Historical Essay

Stephenson, Isaac 1829-1918

Lumberman, Financier and Congressman

Biography of Isaac Stephenson who was a lumberman, financier and congressman.

Europeans Come to Wisconsin

Discover how Native Americans were removed from their lands in Wisconsin to make room for European immigrants.

Brief description fo the events surrounding Milwaukee's Third Ward fire of 1892.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Collage featuring likeness of civil rights activist Father James Edmund Groppi by artist Gloria Adair of Milwaukee, 1966. (Museum object #1993.37.1)

Historical Essay

Shipwrecks in Wisconsin

Brief history of shipwrecks in Wisconsin.

Last Socialist to Run a Major American City

Learn about Milwaukee's third and last Socialist mayor. Read about the many improvements made to the city of Milwaukee under his leadership.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Pouch obtained from an Oneida Indian at the 1997 Milwaukee River Front Pow-Wow. (Museum object #1999.40.1)
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