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Holiday Shopping at the Historical Museum


A woman does some storefront window shopping on Madison's Capitol Square, 1956
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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 museum will hold its ninth annual holiday sale from December 15 through 18. The holiday sale features a wide array of inexpensive (but not cheap) books and gifts that are sure to please everyone you might be looking to buy for.

Give a Gift that Says 'Wisconsin'

Perhaps topping the list of gift items that say "Wisconsin" are the 2011 Wisconsin State Capitol Ornament, this year featuring the legendary Old Abe the War Eagle, and the ever-popular Welcome Home Dane County Cultural Affairs 2012 Art Calendar. Another great gift for a youngster with a penchant for Wisconsin history is a reproduction Civil War-era parchment stationery set that is an exact replica of stationery used by a Wisconsin Civil War soldier stationed at Camp Randall in Madison in 1862. For more uniquely Wisconsin gift items, browse the museum store's line of Real Wisconsin products that celebrate great Wisconsin traditions and symbols ranging from the Friday night fish fry and beer to cheese curds, "bubblers" and butter.

A Terrific Lineup of Great Books

You can also stock up on all of the latest books from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Share a favorite Wisconsin pastime with Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars. Have someone on your list who can't live without lutefisk and lefse? Then you'll want to make sure to get them Gudrun's Kitchen: Recipes from a Norwegian Family. Another unique historical photography book is People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942. Additionally, the museum will stock an abundance of heavily discounted backlist Society Press books.

Browse the Museum's Exhibits

While you're at the museum you can browse the popular exhibit, Wisconsin Innovations: From the Iconic to the Unexpected, that pays tribute to Wisconsin innovations and innovators ranging from the invention of the typewriter in Milwaukee in the late 1860s to Les Paul's invention of the solid-body electric guitar. You'll also enjoy the return of the popular Toy Stories exhibit, a historical look at popular toys and games from the 1940s to the present.

Shopping Online

Can't make it to Madison? No problem. The museum store is happy to ship your order. Society members receive a 10-percent discount on all in-store and online purchases. Call us toll free at 888-999-1669, or visit the online store. The museum will be open daily through December 23. Holiday hours are 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm Sunday.

:: Posted December 12, 2011

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