A Retrospective of Selected Articles from 1917 to 2000
In anticipation of the big makeover, the editors leafed through eighty-some years of back issues, looking for relatively brief, engaging articles to feature on the Society's web site. Below are the Editors' Picks from past issues of the Magazine.
The Inception of the Library Building for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin
By Jackson E. Towne
A Building is Achieved
By Vernon Carstensen
Two articles that provide a unique insight into the political and artistic genesis of the Society building in Madison. Part of the Magazine's 1955-56 "Rededication Issue."
By Dorothy V. Walters
A delightful account of the early days of motoring in Wisconsin when the state's highways were neither paved nor marked, and a forty-mile trip from Milwaukee to Palmyra in Jefferson County might take a full day and involve the repair of a dozen "punctures."
|A Winter in Wisconsin
by Francis Hackett
A vivid and touching recollection of a winter in Wisconsin by journalist, author, and critic--Francis Hackett.
|A Wisconsin Pioneer in Photography
by A. C. Bennett
The story of H. H. Bennett, a gifted and hard-working photographer, tinkerer, inventor, and by far the single most important promoter of the Dells as a tourist destination.
by Louise Phelps Kellogg
A brief survey of Wisconsin's sons and daughters in the Dictionary of American Biography from the June 1938 issue.
|Milwaukee to St. Paul in 1855
by General Rufus King
A lively and well-informed account of a journey from Milwaukee to St. Paul by an early editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel.
Incidents in the Early History of the Wisconsin Lead Mines
by D. J. Garner
An account of pre-territorial days in the southwestern lead-mining district recalls a time when horse-racing, firearms, and bowie knives were fixtures of everyday life.
|A Forest Fire in Northern Wisconsin
by John L. Bracklin
A Wisconsin lumberjack describes his encounter with a forest fire in September 1898.