Wisconsin Historical Society

Online Exhibit

Person to Person: Communicating Identity through Wisconsin Folk Objects

Wisconsin Folk Art | Wisconsin Historical Society
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Rosemaled Trunks, ca. 1940

Stoughton, Wisconsin. Trunks decorated with colorful painted designs, names, and dates using the technique of Norwegian rosemaling. Rosemaling is the tradition of painting functional objects with floral and acanthus leaf motifs. Source: Fred L. Holmes, WHS (V51)24

"Person to Person: Communicating Identity through Wisconsin Folk Objects" showcases objects of Wisconsin folk culture that demonstrate the many ways in which people have communicated their ethnic, geographic, religious and occupational identities to one another. "Person to Person" was an exhibition presented at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in 2005-2006.

People Featured in This Exhibit
  • Ross Allen
  • Diana Balio
  • Ivan "John" Bambic
  • George Hobins Barwise
  • Damon Berryhill
  • Bertha Blackdeer
  • Arlene Bradley
  • Adolph Bredeson
  • Charles E. Broughton
  • Kathy Burke
  • Betty Pisio Christenson
  • Violet Christophersen
  • Ruth Cloud
  • Ruth Cloud
  • Chief Cloud
  • Linda Cohen
  • Mary Colby
  • Jim Cornelius
  • Roberta Michelle Croan
  • Allie Crumble
  • Mrs. Olga Dana
  • Ned Daniels
  • Maria del Frata
  • Glenda Denniston
  • Nancy Donnelly
  • Karen Dosch
  • Anna Dyreson
  • Ole Knutson Dyrland
  • Patricia Friday
  • Matt Gavric
  • Mrs. J.J. Gostomski
  • Mrs. J.J. Gostomski
  • Beverly Gouge
  • Howard T. Green
  • Mrs. Peter Guidotti
  • Walter Haight
  • Arneita Halle
  • Gerald Hawpetoss
  • Sue Heilman
  • Delores Hendersin
  • John Henkelman
  • Anna Matras (Cova) Hevier
  • Fred L. Holmes
  • Deedee Holst
  • Cheryl Hoyt
  • Joe Hrovat
  • Joseph Jastrow
  • Karen Jenson
  • Mrs. Carl Johnson
  • Anders Jonson
  • Chief Simon Kahquados
  • Chief Kahquados
  • Ole Olsen Kalvestrand
  • Esther Kalvestrand
  • Lavern Kammerude
  • Charles E. Kelsey
  • Lewis Koch
  • Lewis Koch
  • Anna L. Kust
  • Mette Larsdottir
  • Mrs. Thea Larsen
  • Mrs. Maria Laskowski
  • Lynn Lautz
  • James P. Leary
  • Xia Lee
  • John Lee
  • Mai Lee
  • Marietta White
  • Medwesang
  • Deloris Linden
  • Patricia Llamas
  • Raymond Lopez
  • Youa Lor
  • Mabel Davis Lowe
  • Truman Lowe
  • Linda Lucero
  • Roseann Lyons
  • Per Lysne
  • Eva Selvina (Kittleson) Marks
  • Eva Marks
  • Mrs. Eva Kittleson Marks
  • Alex Maulson
  • Carol McKy
  • Mary Meloy
  • Lenore Middleton
  • Jane Miller
  • Eugene Milosch
  • John Mink
  • Mrs. Albert Mockrud
  • C.A. Morterud
  • Thea Johanna (Stondahl) Nelson
  • Grace Lucille Nelson
  • Harry Nohr
  • Philip Odden
  • Thelma Olsen
  • Elma Olsen
  • Marian Opitz
  • Fred L. Phillips
  • Peggy Powers
  • Guido Rahr
  • Mrs. Benjamin Ramsey
  • Joan Reinholtz
  • Wendie Richardson
  • Glen H. Ridnour
  • Otto Rindlisbacher
  • Elda Schiesser
  • Norman Seamonson
  • John V. Snow
  • Midori Snyder
  • Judy Sokolow
  • Neal Ward Stanger
  • Marie Stephens
  • Olaf Strand
  • Kenneth Taylor
  • Kenneth Taylor
  • Mable Barton (Sue Thieben)
  • Vi Thode
  • Virginia Tiffany
  • Janet Toner
  • Eivind G. Tveiten
  • Adelaide Umland
  • Donna Unger
  • Adolph Vandertie
  • Thorbjorn Vick
  • Pat Virch
  • Roselyn Wagner
  • Pat Waldren
  • Buddy Wayman
  • Martha White
  • May Yang
  • Chief John Young
  • Robin Yount
  • Sandra Zimmerman