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Curators' Favorites: Famous Badgers

Butch Vig's Original Drum Set

Drum kit used by Viroqua, Wisconsin, native Butch Vig when he played with the bands Spooner, Fire Town, and the Grammy-nominated Garbage. (Museum Object #2011.67.1.1-.6) When the Beatles performed on the February 9, 1964, "Ed Sullivan Show," teenage girls in...
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Posted October 3, 2012



Caine Mutiny Costume

Naval uniform costume worn by actor Fred MacMurray in the 1954 motion picture "The Caine Mutiny." (Museum object #2009.19.1) Native of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, movie star Fred MacMurray made his fame and fortune playing nice guys in motion picture comedies...
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Posted April 6, 2009



Liberace's Performance Jacket

An elaborately beaded jacket worn by pianist, performer, and Wisconsin native Liberace during his performances in the late 1970s. (Museum object #2008.77.1) Liberace, the flamboyant pianist, may have made a name for himself in glitzy Las Vegas, but he grew...
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Posted July 3, 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



Victor Berger Campaign Banner

United States Senate campaign banner for Milwaukee Socialist Congressman Victor L. Berger, April 1918. (Museum object #1992.168) Milwaukee teacher and newspaper editor Victor L. Berger was arguably the most successful Socialist politician in the United States. This large poster documents...
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Posted May 1, 2008



George Pollard's Palette

Used by the artist George Pollard of Kenosha, Wisconsin, as a 'scrapbook' of his distinguished career. (Museum object #2007.108.1) Renowned artist George Pollard (1920-2008) of Kenosha, Wisconsin, used this painter's palette during his career as a portrait artist of some...
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Posted April 24, 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



De Langlade Fur Trade Pouch

Quilled buckskin pouch used by Charles de Langlade to carry his fur trade papers in northern Wisconsin, mid to late 1700s. (Museum object #1955.186) This pouch, presented to the Wisconsin Historical Society in 1888 by Charles de Langlade Grignon, represents...
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Posted April 10, 2008



Beaver Top Hat

Top hat made from beaver felt and worn by Green Bay resident Morgan L. Martin, c. 1825. (Museum object #1968.644) In 1826, Morgan L. Martin, a lawyer by training, left his home in Martinsburg, New York for Detroit, Michigan, which,...
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Posted March 13, 2008



Ella Wheeler Wilcox Doll

Doll depicting Wisconsin poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox made by Milwaukee artist Joan (Beringer) Pripps, 1947-1948. (Museum object #2007.139.19) Joan M. Beringer knew from an early age she would be an artist and, after studying at the Milwaukee Art Institute and...
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Posted February 28, 2008



Brooks Stevens Railroad Car Seat

Reclining seat designed by Brooks Stevens for one of the Milwaukee Road's Hiawatha luxury railroad cars, 1948 (Museum object #1991.92) In an era when the choice between interminably boring highway drives and jam-packed, delay-prone airplanes seems equally dismal, cross-country travel...
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Posted February 21, 2008



Father Groppi Collage

"Denial of Absolution" collage featuring likeness of civil rights activist Father James Edmund Groppi by artist Gloria Adair of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1966. (Museum object #1993.37.1) In 1966, Milwaukee, Wisconsin artist Gloria Adair felt compelled to compose a work of art...
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Posted January 31, 2008



Magician's Escape Trunk

Escape trunk, restraining devices, and curtain used by magician Ben Bergor of Madison, Wisconsin, 1940s. (Museum objects #1982.159.17,19,21,23,25) Ben Bergor was a Madison-born and Madison-based performer and booking agent, who from the 1910s through the 1950s worked in tent shows,...
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Posted October 25, 2007



Hill Street Blues Badge

Police captain's badge prop worn by Wisconsin's Daniel J. Travanti on the television series Hill Street Blues, 1981-1987. (Museum object #2007.41.2) With the premiere of Hill Street Blues on January 15, 1981 a new type of police procedural hit the...
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Posted September 6, 2007



British Open Golf Glove

Golf glove worn by Sherri Steinhauer of Madison, Wisconsin to win the 2006 Weetabix Women's British Open, August 3-6, 2006. (Museum object #2007.81.2) As she removed this glove from her hand after chipping out of a greenside bunker at the...
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Posted August 2, 2007



Milwaukee Light Guard Uniform Coat

Milwaukee Light Guard coat worn by Captain John C. Starkweather, 1858-1861. (Museum object #1957.282) John Converse Starkweather was a born leader, a successful lawyer, and a distinguished Civil War officer. Born in Cooperstown, New York, in 1830, Starkweather's education began...
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Posted July 19, 2007



Suzy Favor Hamilton's Olympic Track Shoes

Pair of Nike running spikes worn by Suzy Favor Hamilton during the 2000 track season. (Museum object #2006.110.1A-B) Born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin in 1968, Suzy Favor Hamilton became one of the greatest all time middle-distance women track runners in...
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Posted April 12, 2007



Vel Phillips's Common Council Desk

Desk used by Milwaukee Alder Vel Phillips, made by the Northwestern Furniture Company for Milwaukee City Hall, 1895. (Museum object #2007.16.1) From this roll-top desk on the floor of the Milwaukee Common Council chamber, Alder Vel Phillips forged a career...
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Posted March 1, 2007



Scotch Giant's Shoe Last

Shoe last (form) used to make boots for Frederick Shadick of Cottage Inn, Wisconsin, 1849-1854. (Museum object #1968.15.1) Around 1849, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Shadick moved from New York City to the small village of Cottage Inn, Wisconsin to settle...
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Posted February 15, 2007



Hoard's Dairyman Farm Milk Bottle

Half gallon milk bottle used by Hoard's Dairyman Farm of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, c. 1934-1944. (Museum Object 1977.354.84) This bottle documents a man, a journal, and a farm that were instrumental in transforming Wisconsin into the Dairy State. William Dempster...
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Posted June 1, 2006



Vinnie Ream Marble Sculpture

Spirito Del Carnevale (Spirit of the Carnival)sculpture by Vinnie Ream, 1870. (Museum Object #1965.270.2) While traveling in Italy in 1870, Wisconsin-born sculptor Vinnie Ream witnessed the festive preparations for the Roman carnival and became inspired to create Spirito Del Carnevale...
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Posted March 23, 2006



FitzRandolph World Cup Racing Skin

Casey FitzRandolph’s racing skin worn during the 2003-2004 World Cup speed skating events. (Museum object #2005.146.1) While watching long-track speed skaters during the 2002 Olympics, commentator Bob Costas wondered why Wisconsin dominated the sport and concluded, "It must be the...
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Posted February 9, 2006



Alice in Dairyland Dress Model

Winning entry for the first Alice in Dairyland dress design, 1948. (Museum object #2005.157.1) On June 28, 1948, the Wisconsin Centennial Dairy Committee informed Miss Betty Lou Jahn of Milwaukee, the maker of the model dress seen to the left...
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Posted December 1, 2005



Frank Lloyd Wright Cardboard House Model

Frank Lloyd Wright house model featured in Life magazine, 1938. (Museum object #2005.133.1) In 1938 Life magazine invited notable architects to design "dream homes" for four American families, each at a different income level. Each family was assigned two architects,...
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Posted November 3, 2005



Brett Favre's Packers Jersey

Green Bay Packers football jersey worn by Brett Favre during game against Chicago Bears, January 2, 2005. (Museum object #2005.83.1) Just a week after the passing of Reggie White, his former teammate and friend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre...
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Posted September 8, 2005



The "Incomparable" Hildegarde Record

Souvenir Record Album of Wisconsin songs recorded by the "Incomparable" Hildegarde, 1968. (Museum object #2001.50.13.1-2) "Hildegarde was perhaps the most famous supper-club entertainer who ever lived," said Liberace, another Wisconsin native. "I used to absorb all the things she was...
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Posted August 25, 2005



"Deke" Slayton Space Souvenir

Patch that accompanied "Deke" Slayton on Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, July 15-24, 1975. (Museum object #1982.432.1) At 2:50 pm on July 15, 1975, an Apollo spacecraft lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center, bound for its historic rendezvous with the Soviet...
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Posted July 14, 2005



Fairchild Portrait by John Singer Sargent

Portrait of Lucius Fairchild by John Singer Sargent, 1887. (Museum object #1942.305) After losing an arm at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, General Lucius Fairchild returned to a political career in Wisconsin, eventually serving as governor for three successive...
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Posted June 30, 2005



La Follette Casket Flag

United States Flag used to drape the caskets of both Robert M. La Follette, Sr. and Jr. (Museum object #1951.187) Robert M. "Fighting Bob" La Follette, an iconic figure in Wisconsin history, passed away on June 18, 1925 at the...
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Posted June 9, 2005



Frank Lloyd Wright Furniture

Chest of drawers with mirror designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for commercial market, c. 1955. (Museum object #1995.2.2.1-2) Built by the Heritage-Henredon Furniture Industries of Morganton, North Carolina, this Frank Lloyd Wright designed chest of drawers with mirror dates to...
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Posted June 2, 2005



Feather from Old Abe the War Eagle

Eagle feather from Old Abe, the mascot of the 8th Regiment of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. (Museum object #1972.59) Twelve-year-old Ida Karne picked up this feather when visiting Old Abe the War Eagle in 1868. Today,...
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Posted February 17, 2005



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