Wisconsin Historical Society

Online Exhibit

Icon Wisconsin: Exploring the State's Cultural Symbols

Icon Wisconsin: Exploring the State's Cultural Symbols | Wisconsin Historical Society
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Badger

Badger. Official state animal of Wisconsin. Original source: (X3) 26481

"Icon Wisconsin: Exploring the State's Cultural Symbols" showcases the stories behind 17 enduring symbols of Wisconsin culture. In this online exhibit you'll learn that when something becomes commonly recognized as a graphic symbol of something else, it becomes an icon. Just as hot dogs and apple pie symbolize the United States, Wisconsin has many cultural icons as well. Examine these icons of Wisconsin and discover what they symbolize.

  • Learn about cows, cheese, milk and how Wisconsin became known as the Dairy State.
  • See the history behind beer, brats and other foods associated with the Badger State.
  • Get insights into recreational activities including the Green Bay Packers, bowling and polka.

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