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Curators' Favorites: Education

Flapper Prom Dress

Evening gown worn by Edith Evelyn Nelson to the University of Wisconsin's Junior Prom, c. 1923. (Museum object #1969.147.2) Edith Evelyn Nelson may have been a "flapper" or "bright young thing" when she attended the University of Wisconsin in the...
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Posted September 25, 2008



Indian Clubs for Physical Exercise

Weighted wooden Indian clubs used for light exercise in the Women's Physical Education Department of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, c. 1900. (Museum object #1994.108.1-2) America's obsession with physical fitness is not a modern fascination. In fact, it began...
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Posted August 7, 2008



Dairyland Rat Poison

Dairyland Rat Poison container made for the Wisconsin Pharmacal Co. of Milwaukee, 1955-1965. (Museum object #1999.143.34) The same substance that can save your life can also kill you. This is emphatically the case for the compound dicumarol, developed in the...
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Posted June 26, 2008



Vitamin-Finding Feces Bucket

Sheetmetal bucket with wooden handle used to collect cow manure during nutrition experiments at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1907-1911. (Museum object #1992.103) It may be hard to believe, but this rather plain looking (and perhaps once malodorous) feces...
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Posted May 29, 2008



John Muir's Clockwork Desk

Clockwork study desk built by naturalist John Muir while at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1861-1863. (Museum object F1998.85.1) John Muir (1838-1914) was one of America's most influential conservationists. A naturalist, world traveler, and prolific writer, Muir was a champion...
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Posted April 17, 2008



Donald's "Educational" Marbles

Jar of marbles used in Wisconsin fair exhibits by Professor John Sweet Donald of the University of Wisconsin during the 1920s. (Museum object #1953.663) While today people tend to flock to the Wisconsin State Fair for attractions like rides, animals,...
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Posted July 26, 2007



1809 Map Sampler

Sampler embroidered by Cecilia Lewis at a boarding school in 1809. (Museum object #1984.294.1) Cecilia Lewis of Flushing, New York made this map sampler when she was a school girl of eighteen. On her embroidered map of the United States...
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Posted June 14, 2007



UW Union Terrace Sunburst Chair

Deauville-style chair used at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union Terrace on Lake Mendota, 1930s. (Museum object #1982.271.9) When the University of Wisconsin's Memorial Union first opened on the shore of Madison's Lake Mendota on October 5, 1928, it was...
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Posted May 24, 2007



World War II Airplane ID model

Airplane identification model constructed by junior high school students in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1942. (Museum object #1966.298.34) "Friend or foe?" One of the many questions on the concerned minds of Americans following the December 7, 1941 attack by the Japanese on...
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Posted December 7, 2006



Sousa Conductor's Baton

Conductor's baton presented to Marquette University by John Philip Sousa in 1924. (Museum object #1980.228.12) Renowned conductor and composer John Philip Sousa presented this wooden baton to Harold J. Homann, assistant director of the Marquette University band, during a 1924...
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Posted June 29, 2006



1930s UW Gym Suit

University of Wisconsin student gym suit worn by George Williams, 1933-1934. (Museum object #2005.144.1.1-2) In the midst of the Depression, George Williams of Sugar Grove (Vernon County), Wisconsin managed to attend the University of Wisconsin in Madison during the 1933-1934...
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Posted April 13, 2006



Bascom Hill Pink Flamingo

Pink flamingo from the flock that graced Bascom Hill on on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, 1979. (Museum object #1979.302A-C) As sleepy students made their way up Bascom Hill on the first day of classes in 1979, they were greeted...
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Posted September 1, 2005



Sterling Hall Bombing Engine Fragment

Engine fragment from the van used in the Sterling Hall bombing, 1970. (Museum object #1994.8) This twisted piece of metal is the only known remnant of the van that carried the bomb that rocked the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on...
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Posted August 18, 2005



1960s Prom Dress

Dress worn by Marti Hall to the spring prom at Madison West High School in 1966. (Museum object #2004.135.1) After being invited to West High School's senior prom in Madison, Wisconsin by Jim Wilson, Martha "Marti" Hall set out to...
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Posted May 19, 2005



Home Childbirth Training Kit

"Miniature Home Delivery Kit" used to instruct expectant mothers by the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, c. 1938. (Museum object #1995.6.1-51) While removing obsolete debris from the basement of the Wisconsin Bureau of Maternal and Child Health building in...
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Posted May 5, 2005



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