Citizen Scientist Exhibit Celebrates Life and Work of Increase Lapham

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Saturday, January 31, 2015

Exhibit hours are 8 am-9 pm Monday through Thursday, 8 am-5 pm Friday and Saturday

EnlargeThe cover of 'Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham' by Martha Berland and Paul G. Hayes.

"Studying Wisconsin"

The cover of "Studying Wisconsin:
The Life of Increase Lapham"

Discover the life and work of Wisconsin's pioneer scientist, Increase Lapham, in a first-floor exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Society's headquarters building on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The exhibit features examples of Lapham's work taken from the Society's archives.

Co-authors of Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham, Martha Bergland and Paul Hayes, kicked off the exhibit with a book talk and signing on the exhibit's opening day, July 10. The public is welcome to visit the lobby of this historic National Register of Historic Places building and learn about a unique man who contributed so much to the knowledge of Wisconsin.

The self-taught Lapham mastered botany, geology, archaeology, limnology, mineralogy, engineering, meteorology and cartography. He identified and preserved thousands of botanical specimens and surveyed and mapped Wisconsin's effigy mounds. He was an early leader both in Milwaukee and at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and he was also a force behind the creation of the National Weather Service. A prolific writer, his 1844 guide to the territory of Wisconsin was the first book published in the state.

The exhibit will run through January 2015.


Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters
816 State St
Madison, WI 53706

Location Information

Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus at the corner of Langdon Street and Park Street, across from Memorial Union.

Accessibility Information

The site is fully accessible to visitors requiring a wheelchair for mobility.