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Holiday Shopping at the Historical Museum

Two children, a boy and a girl, look at display of toys in a store window, Madison, Wisconsin, December 1947
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A unique holiday shopping experience awaits you during the Wisconsin Historical Museum's eighth annual Holiday Book and Gift Sale Fundraiser Thursday through Saturday, December 9-12. Here you can find inexpensive (but not cheap) books and gifts suitable for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family members on your holiday shopping list. You might want to start with the 2010 Wisconsin Capitol ornament or a copy of the ever-popular Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission calendar for 2011.

Books and Gifts that Say 'Wisconsin'

The museum store's inventory includes a host of uniquely Wisconsin gift items, such as quirky items found in the "Real Wisconsin" section. These include "It's a bubbler" T-shirts, inspired by the unique name Wisconsinites use to describe public water dispensers, cheese curd T-shirts, and "No thanks, I'm having butter" T-shirts," reminiscent of the clash between the dairy industry and margarine manufacturers over adding yellow coloring to the butter substitute. Most of these shirts are available in men's, women's and children's sizes, and the same slogans also appear on coffee mugs and refrigerator magnets.

An excellent and diverse series of books with a Wisconsin flavor from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press are also available, including "Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes" by M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman, "Barns of Wisconsin" by Jerry Apps, and "Badger Boneyards: The Eternal Rest of the Story" by Dennis McCann. The latest book from the Society Press, "Nation within a Nation: Voices of Oneidas in Wisconsin," tells the history of the Oneida people in Wisconsin from 1900 to 1969.

Shop in Person or Online

Can't make it to Madison? No problem. The Wisconsin Historical Museum store is happy to ship your order. And remember, members of the Society receive a 10-percent discount on all in-store and online purchases. Call us at 888-999-1669, or visit our online store. From now until Christmas Eve the museum store is open daily — from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday and from 11 am to 4 pm Sunday.

:: Posted December 6, 2010

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