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Traveling Displays and Exhibits | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Traveling Displays and Exhibits

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Traveling Displays and Exhibits | Wisconsin Historical Society
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"Crossing the Line" on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Historical Society offers pull-up banner displays to schools, civic organizations, community groups, and other public venues. New displays have a rental fee of $100, while our back-catalog of displays cost $75 (see individual traveling display pages for pricing). Renters are also responsible for arranging shipping to the venue or picking up the display from the Wisconsin Historical Society or the previous venue. Proceeds from traveling display rentals support the Society's ongoing outreach programs and activities.

All displays are comprised of freestanding, double-sided poly fabric banners, each measuring approximately 39 inches wide and 87 inches tall. Displays are most suitable for secondary schools and the general public. Some displays have curriculum materials or public speakers to accompany them. Click through to individual display webpages to find out more or to request a display for your community.

For directions on how to set up banner displays, click here.

For more information or to schedule an exhibit, email or call Kristen Leffelman at 414-988-8655.

The following pull-up banner displays are available to local schools and organizations:

NEW! "We Stand on Their Shoulders": A History of Wisconsin Women and Voting

The traveling display "'We Stand on Their Shoulders': A History of Wisconsin Women and Voting" explores moments when women in Wisconsin gained political rights and highlights a few key leaders. Covering the ratification of the 19th Amendment, 1921 Wisconsin Equal Rights Act, 1924 Indian Citizenship Act, and 1965 Voting Rights Act, the eight-panel display shares the important story of women's quest for political rights and recognition through quotes, photographs, and a timeline of events.

"We Stand on Their Shoulders" is fully booked for 2020.

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Crossing the Line: The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968

How do citizens work for change when faced with injustice? How can individuals make a difference?

The traveling display "Crossing the Line: The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968" commemorates the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee's civil rights marches by examining the practices and prejudices that led to segregation in Milwaukee and chronicling the school desegregation and fair housing movements of the 1960s. The eight panels of "Crossing the Line" tell the story of Milwaukee's civil rights marches in simple language, with reproductions of 33 historic photographs and documents.

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Great Lakes Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin

We drink it, fish in it, clean with it, swim in it and travel across it. Water has always been critical for our survival.

The Great Lakes region is home to one of the largest freshwater resources on the planet. That water shaped the landscape, history and communities of our state. The traveling display "Great Lakes Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin" explores our state's long relationship with water and the impact we have had on our vast waterways. The sixteen panels of "Great Lakes Small Streams" tell the story of Wisconsin's relationship with water in simple language, with reproductions of 70 historic and contemporary photographs and documents. Curriculum materials are also available.

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Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students

In his keynote address at SNCC's 50th anniversary conference, civil rights activist and entertainer Harry Belafonte asked, "Why can’t our grandchildren find us?" The traveling display "Risking Everything" addresses his question by telling the story of one pivotal episode, the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project, in ways that engage and challenge young people. The sixteen panels of "Risking Everything" tell the story of Freedom Summer in simple language, with reproductions of 77 historic photographs and documents. Curriculum materials and a book of primary source documents are also available. 

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Wisconsin's John Muir: An Exhibit Celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service

Commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service, the traveling display "Wisconsin's John Muir: An Exhibit Celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service" explores Muir's youth in Wisconsin, his advocacy for national parks and his views on environmental issues such as logging, hunting and climate change. The eight panels of "Wisconsin's John Muir" share facsimiles of images and manuscripts from the Society's library and archives alongside Muir quotes and interpretive texts.

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Great Lakes Small Streams Exhibit Kettle Moraine

"Great Lakes Small Streams" on display at Kettle Moraine Middle School