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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.

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

from Tools for Teaching the History of Civil Rights in Milwaukee and the Nation (Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2015)

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

See a list of historical highlights from Wisconsin history
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!

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'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.

Field Trip or Tour

'Tram Tour' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Experience an informative tram ride around the entire Old World Wisconsin historic site.

Field Trip or Tour

Villa Louis Field Trip

Villa Louis - a historic site

Encounter the world of Victorian America

Field Trip or Tour

'Farm Hands' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

Experience the life of children growing up on a farm in Wisconsin in the 19th century.
Cover of the latest book in the Badger Biographies series.

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.

Inquire about in-person presentations by archaeologists from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Historical Essay

Lighthouses and Lifesaving

Underwater Archaeology

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

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.

Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I

Learn more about Victory Berger by examing 1917 editorial selections from his newspaper, Milwaukee Leader

Lesson Plan

The Costs of War

Wisconsin World War II Stories: Europe

Students study national records detailing casualties resulting from World War II and draw conclusions

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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