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Resources for Teachers

Start enhancing your teaching today by discovering useful tools from experts at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Help your students research history with helpful guides and lesson plans. Watch history come to life in our books, field trips and classroom visits.

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Primary Sources and Research Tools

With resources appropriate for every grade level, bringing primary resources and critical thinking to the classroom has never been easier.

See a list of historical highlights from Wisconsin history

Download the 'Thinking Like A Historian' poster for your classroom.

Wisconsin Local Area Research Centers (ARCs) provide access to local government records, original manuscript collections and other resources.

Learn about America's presidential elections since 1856 and discover how Wisconsin voted.
History Field Trips

Make history come to life for your students! Tour a local historical society or museum in your area to see log cabins, blacksmith shops, historic kitchens and more!

Field Trip or Tour

Pendarvis Field Trip

Pendarvis - a historic site

Learn about the lives of immigrant Cornish miners in the 1830s and 1840s during the Wisconsin Territory's lead-mining boom.

Field Trip or Tour

Stonefield Field Trip

Stonefield - a historic site

Stonefield is a museum of agricultural history and farm and village life in 1900.

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Learn about immigrants who came late to America, as the Finns did, were left with the land most difficult to farm.

Field Trip or Tour

'Entrepreneurs' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Learn how immigrants seeking the "American Dream" adapted to innovative technology by changing the way they made their living.
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Educational Publications

Introduce middle school readers to Wisconsin history with our kid-friendly books.

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Archaeology Resources

Familiarize your students with the basic concepts and procedures guiding archaeological research.

Historical Essay

Lighthouses and Lifesaving

Underwater Archaeology

Learn about the importance of lighthouses on the shores of the Great Lakes.

Classroom Material

The Sinking of the Lucerne

Interactive Resource, Historical Essay, Slide Show

Learn about how the Lucerne sank in the Chequamegon Bay in 1886

STUDENT RESOURCES

Discover amazing facts about Wisconsin history on your own!

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Secondary Lesson Plans

Teach Wisconsin history with primary sources drawn from collections within the Society's Archives. Designed for grade levels 6-12.

Wisconsin and the Civil War

Use the writing of Marcus "Brick" Pomeroy to examine different opinions on the Civil War

Use local architectural resources to teach students about mail order homes in the United States

TURNING POINTS IN WISCONSIN HISTORY

Turning Points in Wisconsin History.

Explore key historical events that shaped Wisconsin and our nation. Read essays based on rare books and primary source documents.

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Have Questions?

If you have questions about our field trips, lesson plans, or other educational resources, please contact Kurt Griesemer by phone at 608-264-6547 or by email.

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