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November 2012 Highlights

Old World Wisconsin Celebrates Christmas

Telltale signs of the Christmas season are already all around us — in shopping malls and festive storefronts. But if you would like to experience the Christmas season as 19th-century rural settlers and village dwellers did, the place to go...
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Posted November 30, 2012

Breweries, Beer and Bars in Wisconsin History

Early on in its history, Wisconsin became known for its beer breweries and taverns. And since the Wisconsin Historical Society has been actively collecting historical photographs and graphics since its founding in 1846, two years before statehood, images of brewing...
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Posted November 28, 2012

Holiday Shopping at the Historical Museum

With another Thanksgiving behind us, and December just around the corner, the holiday season is officially in full swing. And, if you haven't already wrapped up your holiday shopping, the Wisconsin Historical Museum on Madison's Capitol Square should be on...
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Posted November 26, 2012

Remembering the Rouse Simmons at 100 Years

Friday, November 23, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Rouse Simmons in the waters of Lake Michigan offshore from Two Rivers, and many Wisconsin maritime organizations will commemorate the occasion with a variety of events. The...
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Posted November 21, 2012

'The Great Peshtigo Fire' for Young Readers

The Great Peshtigo Fire swept through northeastern Wisconsin on October 8, 1871, killing as many as 2,500 people and laying waste to thousands of acres of land. A new book by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press details this infamous 1871...
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Posted November 19, 2012

Witness 'The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge'

A year ago Old World Wisconsin entertained audiences with "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol," a variation on the Dickens classic in which both Ebenezer Scrooge and his deceased business partner Jacob Marley undergo emotional transformations after the Ghosts of Christmas open...
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Posted November 15, 2012

Greendale Named National Historic Landmark

Hundreds of buildings in the historic village of Greendale, Wisconsin, have officially been designated part of the Greendale Historic District National Historic Landmark by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. There are fewer than 2,500 National Historic Landmarks across the...
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Posted November 12, 2012

Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving

This holiday season, when you purchase a Wisconsin Historical Society membership for your friends or loved ones, we'll include a free bonus gift worth more than $25. By giving the gift of membership, you can wrap up your holiday shopping...
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Posted November 7, 2012

Wisconsin Book Festival: A Celebration of Books

Nine Wisconsin Historical Society Press authors will be among the presenters at this year's weeklong Wisconsin Book Festival, held from Wednesday, November 7, through Sunday, November 11, at various locations throughout Madison, including presentations at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. Author...
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Posted November 5, 2012

Knitting Heritage Museum Symposium Set

The Wisconsin Historical will co-host this three-day symposium designed to explore the concept of a Knitting Heritage Museum Thursday through Saturday, November 8–10. The symposium, supported in part by the Yarn Group of The National NeddleArts Association, will be held...
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Posted November 1, 2012

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