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Covid-19 Journal Project, collecting history as it happens. Learn More here! A new phase of the Covid-19 Poster project begins today! Apply to be one of the chosen artists, click here to learn more! 175 years of collecting, preserving, and sharing history. Join us in celebrating Wisconsin Visionaries, Changemakers, and Storytellers. Learn More
Assisting the Elderly Poster by Greg Biskakone Johnson, A poster reminiscent of WWII army styling it evokes a relateable feel revealing a can of food, that talks about taking care of our neighbors and our community in times of hardship.

BIG History Is Happening

Despite the gains made by the American Civil Rights movement, we are bearing witness to our country’s systemic problems of racism and injustice. The Society has gathered resources to help guide the dialogue as we continue to have conversations with our past to build a better future. Read a WHS Statement & view Black History Resources.

COVID-19 continues to have a major impact on all of our lives. As we spend more time inside, we invite you to explore from the comfort of your own home.

BIG History Is Happening
An Ojibwa woman, Francis Mike, harvesting wild rice in a boat on Totogatic Lake.

Discover Our Historic Images

Search more than 110,000 historical images online, with more being added every day.

Or hang history in your home by purchasing one of these most-loved historic images.

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Visit and learn more about WISCONSIN CENTER FOR FILM AND THEATER RESEARCH. The Wisconsin Historical Society works closely with the WCFTR in carrying out its mission. The Wisconsin Historical Society is actively developing plans for a new 21st-century museum which will serve as a hub for statewide history education and outreach. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press has been publishing lively narratives and engaging explorations of Wisconsin for history lovers, educators and young readers, since 1855.

On This Day

1865 - (Civil War) Confederacy President Jefferson Davis Captured
1879 - Milwaukee (Telephone) Exchange Opens
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