Increase Lapham examining a meteorite, ca. 1868

Studio portrait of Increase Lapham, ca. 1869


Wisconsin's first scientist, Increase Lapham (1811-1875) wrote the first book published in Wisconsin, made the first detailed and accurate map of the state, and investigated Wisconsin's effigy mounds, native trees and grasses, climatic patterns, and geology. He was instrumental in the founding of Milwaukee and the creation of several educational and cultural institutions that still survive today. He is show here examining a meteorite that fell in 1868.


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Mississippian Culture and Aztalan
Effigy Mounds Culture
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The Founding of Major Cities
The Founding of Social Institutions
Logging and Forest Products
Mining in Northern Wisconsin
The Conservation Movement
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Pub Data: Photograph in the Visual Materials Collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Library-Archives Division.
Citation: "Increase Lapham Examining a Meteorite." Photograph in the Visual Materials Collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Library-Archives Division. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1397; Visited on: 7/30/2014
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