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April 2013 Highlights

Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month

May is Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month, a nationwide opportunity to learn more about historic places and how we can preserve them. Wisconsin local historical societies, museums, public libraries and other institutions use this monthlong celebration to highlight the important...
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Posted April 29, 2013

Museum Celebrates Madison Craft Beer Week

The Wisconsin Historical Museum will take part in a citywide celebration of Madison Craft Beer Week May 3–12 with a series of five public programs built around the sudsy brew. The fun begins on Saturday, May 4, when the museum...
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Posted April 25, 2013

Irish Genealogical Research

Co-presidents of the Midwest Ancestor Research and lecturers with the Irish Genealogical Society International, Mary Wickersham and Sheila Northrop, will discuss using historical patterns to estimate where ancestors lived in Ireland during a three-hour, Society-sponsored genealogy workshop on Saturday, May...
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Posted April 22, 2013

The Cassville Photographs of Frank W. Feiker

Around 1905 photographer Frank W. Feiker moved from Milwaukee to Cassville, Wisconsin, and for the next half-century he documented the daily life of that typical Mississippi River town. In this gallery we've brought together 147 of his best photographs. They...
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Posted April 18, 2013

Kaysen Railroad Maps Now Online

Logging historians, railroad buffs and everyone who vacations in Wisconsin's northern forests will enjoy a major new addition to the Society's online map collection. Some 1,200 topographic maps annotated by railroad historian James P. Kaysen to show defunct logging railroads...
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Posted April 15, 2013

In Honoring the Past, We Celebrate the Present

As 16-year-old Kiara Heumer puts it, "[The past] is a living, breathing story about the world around me." When speaking about her National History Day journey from the classroom through local and regional competitions, all the way to nationals, Kiara,...
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Posted April 11, 2013

A Look at the History of the Bicycle in America

Prize-winning historian and author David Herlihy, who literally wrote the book on the history of the bicycle in America, will enterain visitors at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, April 16, with a talk on the topic at the Wisconsin Historical Museum....
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Posted April 8, 2013

Earth Day Collected and Shared

"Tuesday: Atlantic City at 9 am, Boston at 2:15 pm, Madison at 7:15, Milwaukee at 10. Wednesday: Bloomington at 9:30 am, Denver at 2, Berkeley at 8:15 [then] Los Angeles. Back to Washington. A missile gone berserk? No, it's our...
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Posted April 4, 2013

French-Canadian Genealogical Research

Certified genealogist George Findlen will discuss some of the challenges of conducting research into French-Canadian ancestry during a three-hour, Society-sponsored genealogy workshop on Saturday, April 13, at the Society's headquarters in Madison. The workshop will include guided practice with immediate...
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Posted April 1, 2013

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