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Historical Essay

Liberace's Performance Jacket

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Elaborately beaded jacket worn by pianist, performer, and Wisconsin native Liberace during his performances in the late 1970s. (Museum object #2008.77.1)
Historical Essay

Oscar Mayer Wiener Banjo-Ukulele

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Banjo-ukulele used by jingle composer Richard Trentlage in the first recording of the Oscar Mayer Wiener Song, 1962. (Museum object #2009.59.1)
Historical Essay

Caine Mutiny Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Naval uniform costume worn by actor Fred MacMurray in the 1954 motion picture "The Caine Mutiny." (Museum object #2009.19.1)
Historical Essay

Racine Belles Movie Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Racine Belles baseball uniform costume worn in the 1992 movie, A League of Their Own. (Museum object #2008.145.1.1)
Historical Essay

Pauline Pottery Covered Jar

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Hand-painted earthenware jar manufactured by the Pauline Pottery, Edgerton, Wisconsin, 1888-1892. (Museum object # 1964.95.1,A)
Historical Essay

Native American Twilled Basket

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Cherokee twilled basket, probably traded to Wisconsin, mid 19th century. (Museum object #1955.1021)
Historical Essay

George Pollard's Palette

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Used by the artist George Pollard of Kenosha, Wisconsin, as a 'scrapbook' of his distinguished career. (Museum object #2007.108.1)
Historical Essay

Ella Wheeler Wilcox Doll

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Doll depicting Wisconsin poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox made by Milwaukee artist Joan (Beringer) Pripps, 1947-1948. (Museum object #2007.139.19)
Historical Essay

Brooks Stevens Railroad Car Seat

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Reclining seat designed by Brooks Stevens for one of the Milwaukee Road's Hiawatha luxury railroad cars, 1948 (Museum object #1991.92)
Historical Essay

Father Groppi 'Denial of Absolution' Collage

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Collage featuring likeness of civil rights activist Father James Edmund Groppi by artist Gloria Adair of Milwaukee, 1966. (Museum object #1993.37.1)
Historical Essay

Polka Rhythms Bandstand

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Bandstand used by Chad Przybylski and his Polka Rhythms of Pulaski, Wisconsin, from c. 1980 until 2003. (Museum object #2003.10.1)
Historical Essay

Chris Farley's 'Black Sheep' Jacket

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Campaign jacket worn by Chris Farley in the 1996 movie "Black Sheep." (Museum object #2007.86.1)
Historical Essay

Magician's Escape Trunk

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Escape trunk, restraining devices, and curtain used by magician Ben Bergor of Madison, Wisconsin, 1940s. (Museum objects #1982.159.17,19,21,23,25)
Historical Essay

Hill Street Blues Badge

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Police captain's badge prop worn by Wisconsin's Daniel J. Travanti on the television series Hill Street Blues, 1981-1987. (Museum object #2007.41.2)
Historical Essay

1809 Map Sampler

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Sampler embroidered by Cecilia Lewis at a boarding school in 1809. (Museum object #1984.294.1)
Historical Essay

UW Union Terrace Sunburst Chair

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Deauville-style chair used at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union Terrace on Lake Mendota, 1930s. (Museum object #1982.271.9)
Historical Essay

Hopewellian Human Figurine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Human figurine fragment made of non-tempered, smoothed clay, c. 100 - 200 A.D., found at Pine River site, Richland County, WI (Museum object #2004.5.1)
Historical Essay

Native American Courting Flute

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Native American courting flute carved by Louis Webster, of Menominee, Stockbridge, Potawatomi and Oneida descent, 1994. (Museum object #1996.118.93)
Historical Essay

Watercolor Farm Scene by Paul Seifert

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Landscape view of the Martin Luetscher II farmstead, Honey Creek Township, Wisconsin, c. 1875 (Museum object #2005.182.1)
Historical Essay

Happy Days Bowling Shirt

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Leopard Lodge League bowling shirt costume worn on Happy Days television series, 1977-1984. (Museum object #2006.39.1)

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