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Toy Stories, an exhibition at the Wisconsin Historical Museum from October 17, 2006 through May 26, 2007, explores the history of children’s toys from the 1940s to the present. The exhibition shows that toys not only reflect important trends in economic, social, and cultural history, but they also contribute to and reflect the personal histories of those who play with them.

In preparation for the exhibition, more than fifty notable Wisconsinites contributed their recollections of favorite toys and the memories they evoke of family, friends, holidays, birthdays, and childhood recreation. Read their stories by clicking on the following categories of notoriety:

Read stories submitted by the public. Read Your Toy Stories.

The Wisconsin Historical Society invites you to contribute your own childhood toy stories

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