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August 2013 Highlights

Final Performances of the Season at Circus World

The Labor Day weekend is upon us, and that means Circus World in Baraboo is about to stage its final weekend of razzle-dazzle circus performances until next year. If you haven't visited Circus World yet this season, or if you...
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Posted August 29, 2013

'Something for Everyone': Lauerman Brothers

Frosted-malt ice cream cones, record-listening booths, apparel, china, furniture, toys — even carpeting. During much of the 20th century, the big department store "had it all." A new book by Wisconsin Historical Society Press shares the story of one such...
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Posted August 26, 2013

The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Among the Society's massive manuscript collections on civil rights are the records of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). African-Americans in the state found themselves almost entirely excluded from electoral politics by the state's official, and segregated, Democratic Party. The...
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Posted August 22, 2013

'Indian Nations' Book Launch in Madison

Join author, historian and Native American scholar Patty Loew as she celebrates the release of the revised second edition of 'Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal' at the Wisconsin Historical Museum Thursday evening, August 22, at 7...
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Posted August 19, 2013

Stonefield Recalls the Golden Age of Railroading

The heyday of American railroading will return to Stonefield in Cassville during the historic site's Railroad Days event on Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18. The site, which interprets rural life in southwestern Wisconsin at the turn of the 20th century,...
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Posted August 15, 2013

Recalling the 1963 March on Washington

The public is welcome to join the Historical Society as we begin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of landmark events in the civil rights movement with a talk by William P. Jones, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...
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Posted August 12, 2013

Annual Arts and Crafts Fair at Wade House

On Sunday, August 25, artisans and craftspeople from Wisconsin and across the Midwest will come to Wade House to display and sell their wares at one of the most popular and longstanding fairs of its kind in eastern Wisconsin. There...
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Posted August 8, 2013

Great River Road Day at Villa Louis

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Great River Road, a more-than-2,000-mile-long roadway that hugs the Mississippi River through 10 states, including Wisconsin. And one of the route's Interpretive Centers, the Villa Louis Victorian estate in Prairie du Chien,...
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Posted August 5, 2013

Old World Wisconsin Recalls the Civil War

As the Wisconsin Historical Society continues to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Society's flagship historic site will do its part by hosting a monthlong Civil War Wisconsin event, August 1 through September 2. Although no battles...
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Posted August 1, 2013

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