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Date: 1870 

Description: Crowd gathered at Chicago & St. Louis Railroad Station to see off a colony of emigrants from Chicago who planned to settle in Colorado on a tract of land p...

Use a letter written home by a Norwegian immigrant to take a closer look at the immigrant experience in 1840s Wisconsin

During the Progressive Era, this Milwaukeean helped Jewish immigrants assimilate into American society while maintaining their ethnic heritage.

Date: 1867-04-01 

Description: Castle Garden Emigrant Agency poster advertising railroad travel rates for emigrants.

Date: 1858 

Description: Large group of people leaving a steam ship, some transporting large chests of their belongings.

Use census records to study immigration to Wisconsin and living conditions in the mid-19th century

Date: 1896 

Description: Cover of a brochure in German for Wisconsin immmigration.

Supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Supplemental materials for Chapter 6 of the 4th-grade history textbook.

A Short History of Wisconsin

Read about immigration and economic growth in 19th-century Wisconsin.

Date:  date unknown

Description: A colored advertising card that was issued by the Land Department of the Wisconsin Central Railroad in order to promote the sale of railroad-owned land in...

Historical Essay

Women's History in Wisconsin

Provides a comprehensive summary of women's history in Wisconsin and contains primary sources from the 16th century to the early 21st century.

Date: 1874-01 ca.

Description: Interior of a coach on an emigration train to the west.

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Home Front

Using photographs and accounts, students will learn about German POW camps in the United States and Japanese American internment

Learn about life on the frontier in Wisconsin in 1851, as recounted in guides designed to attract immigrants to the state from Europe.

Date: 1868 

Description: Cover of a brochure in German for Wisconsin immigration.

Resource Description

About Our Immigration Records

Explore our physical and digital collection of naturalization records for Wisconsin and passenger lists for the U.S. and Canada.

Historical Essay

Norwegian Trinket Box

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Trinket box brought to Wisconsin by Norwegian immigrants, c. 1870. (Museum object #1993.6.2)

Date: 1881 

Description: Cover of a brochure in German for Wisconsin immigration.

Date: 1868 

Description: Cover of a 31-page pamphlet promoting Wisconsin to German immigrants, which translates to read "Wisconsin. An Account of the Population, soil, climate, Com...

Date:  

Description: Jane Addams holding an open book, surrounded by immigrant children.

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