Wisconsin Historical Society

Online Exhibit

Stories from the Start: Early Life in Madison

Stories from the Start: Early Life in Madison | Wisconsin Historical Society
EnlargeAn engraving of the second Wisconsin State Capitol (the first built in Madison).

Wisconsin State Capitol, 1853

View the original source document: WHI 7042

In this online exhibit you'll see artifacts from early settlers of Madison, Wisconsin, including Levi Havemann, Roseline Peck and Alice Hough. See the first cabin built in Madison and imagine life in 1856 when Madison formally became a city. Who settled here? How did people go about their daily lives?

The artifacts in this online exhibit tell stories from more than 150 years ago and help paint a picture of early life in Madison.

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