Weekly update from the Wisconsin Historical Society. Thursday, April 24, 2014

Your guide to news, events and fascinating facts

Benefit Auction and Preview Night April 25-26
The FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society will roll out the support organization's 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction on Saturday, April 26, in the historic Clausing Barn at Old World Wisconsin (pictured here). The biennial...

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Book Details Wisconsin Fight to Ban DDT

Upcoming Events

Playtimes of the Past

Explore a different side of history in this drop-in spring break program. Discover toys and games from Wisconsin's past, enjoy a snack, and create an art project to take home.

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Genealogy and Technology

Technology is changing the way genealogical research is done. There are so many new tools and options for managing your genealogical research, and so many websites that hold genealogical collections and provide the option of

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Genealogy Webinar: Family History Projects

How do you share your research with the family? There are many types of projects that can help you share the family stories and your research so it gets even the attention of the least

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'Created Equal: Slavery by Another Name'

This film features interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators of trumped-up crimes in the Deep South intended to create a captive force of unpaid labor. University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Will Jones will show

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This Day in Wisconsin History

1818 - Wisconsin Becomes Part of Michigan Territory

On this date, the land encompassing current-day Wisconsin was made part of the Michigan Territory, representing one step in Wisconsin's path to statehood. Wisconsin was a part of the Northwest Territory from July 13, 1787-May...

1864 - (Civil War) Battle of Poison Spring, Arkansas

The Battle of Poison Spring was fought in Ouachita County, Arkansas, during the Camden Expedition. A Union foraging party was returning to headquarters in Camden, Arkansas, with 198 wagons of corn, when it was attacked...

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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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