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The First Wisconsin 4th of July

Dateline: Madison, Wis., July 4, 1837. Only seven months after Madison had been named the capitol, it prepared to celebrate Independence Day with an influx of visitors from other parts of the territory - - but without hotels, restaurants, indoor plumbing, or any other conveniences. Read an excerpt from the memoir of Rosaline Peck to see how things turned out. Why the party-goers murdered her two pet crows remains a mystery. See her portrait and learn more about Mrs. Peck in our Online Painting Collection.
:: Posted in Curiosities on July 1, 2004
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