Weekly update from the Wisconsin Historical Society. Friday, April 18, 2014

Your guide to news, events and fascinating facts

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The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to announce that our new website will be launched in mid-May of 2014. The new site was designed based on feedback from real people, ranging from tractor collectors, genealogists...

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Book Captures the Family Owned Business Story

Upcoming Events

Recorded Webinar: Getting the Most Out of Your Genealogy, Organizing and Analyzing

This webinar was first broadcast on Tuesday, March 11. If you missed the presentation, you now have the ability to register for access to the recording until April 12. This webinar provides guidance on organizing your

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Villa Louis Behind the Scenes

See Villa Louis from top to bottom. These extended tours of the mansion will give visitors a glimpse into the life of a historic house museum and will highlight the care and keeping of a

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Wisconsin Shipwrecks for Kids

Underwater archaeologist Tamara Thomsen will share stories from beneath the waves of the Great Lakes. Dive in and learn how underwater archaeologists use clues from a shipwreck site to answer questions about the past, such

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History Sandwiched In: 'People of the Sturgeon'

"People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish" chronicles the history of the sturgeon and the cultural traditions this remarkable fish has spawned. Co-author Kathleen Kline will share this story through a

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This Day in Wisconsin History

1848 - First Post Office Opened in Manitowoc

On this date the first post office was opened in Manitowoc. [Source: City of Manitowoc]...

1862 - (Civil War) Battle of Huntsville, Alabama

Union forces, including the 18th Wisconsin Infantry, seized Huntsville, Alabama. This strategic city was located near Chattanooga, Tennessee, on the Memphis & Charleston Railroad....

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Join the Society's expert staff for this spring's genealogy workshops and webinars. They feature sessions on genealogy and technology, family history research techniques, organizing and analyzing research results, and using genealogy websites.

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Wisconsin author Kevin Henkes tells the story of a uniquely named young mouse who experiences her first day of school. Henkes is the creator of 16 picture books and novels for children. Paperback $6.99, hardcover $16.99.

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Mrs. Lincoln Grieves in Waukesha

"I am trying as you will perceive, to make the most of this fearfully wearisome summer. . . I live in a retired manner in a private house on the outskirts of the town where there are no other boarders and have all the advantages of the country. . . . I am so miserable over my great sorrows, that...

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