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December 2011 Highlights

Wisconsin New Year's Traditions of Long Ago

Wisconsin has celebrated New Year's ever since Europeans and Yankees first settled here. French-Canadian residents brought a custom called "La Guignolée," a sort of New Year's trick-or-treat in which old men collected clothing and food for the poor. According to...
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Posted December 29, 2011

Big Year for Society Press Awards

It's been another big year for Wisconsin Historical Society Press books, which won a total of 18 regional and national awards in 2011. Press books were nominated as finalists for a number of additional awards. The stand-out book for 2011...
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Posted December 22, 2011

American History Through Christmas Cards

Americans have been exchanging holiday cards for more than 150 years, and thousands of them have made their way into correspondence donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society. For the last several decades, archivists have set aside especially beautiful or evocative...
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Posted December 19, 2011

Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping Today

Is there someone on your holiday shopping list who is difficult to buy for? Why not give the gift of a Society membership? We're offering a very merry/whopping 50-percent savings on gift memberships. Your friends and family will delight in...
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Posted December 15, 2011

Holiday Shopping at the Historical Museum

If you still haven't crossed off all the names on your holiday shopping list and you're looking for something special to give to someone who may be hard to buy for, look no further than the Wisconsin Historical Museum. The...
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Posted December 12, 2011

Civil War Maps Come Online

The Society's online collection about Wisconsin in the Civil War recently added more than 350 Civil War maps. They join 20,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and photographs already available. The site also contains dozens of compelling stories, short biographies...
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Posted December 9, 2011

70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor that launched America into World War II. The attack killed 2,390 Americans at Pearl Harbor and wounded nearly 1,200 more. To the people who were alive at...
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Posted December 7, 2011

Wisconsin Magazine of History, Winter 2011-12

Elizabeth Zimmerman, shown in the center at right, revolutionized modern knitting. Having learned how to knit from her female relatives as a child in England, she developed a clear, distinctive style that she was able to transmit to others seeking...
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Posted December 5, 2011

Gifts from Wisconsin Historical Images

It's the gift-giving season! Wisconsin Historical Images make great personal gifts for everyone on your list — naughty or nice. With more than 3 million images from a variety of sources that document the entertainment, social, economic, and political history...
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Posted December 1, 2011

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