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Historical Essay

Nativity Scene Crèche Set

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Nativity scene creche set assembled and used by a Polish-American family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin beginning around 1895. (Museum accession #2007.100)
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Silver Wedding Presents

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Silver ladle and spoon given to Syndonia (Hobbins) Jackson of Madison, Wisconsin as a wedding present, 1872. (Museum object #1955.304,A)
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Cast Iron Effigy Mound Model

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Cast iron Wisconsin effigy mound model in the shape of a "trunk and arms of a man", designed by Increase A. Lapham, c. 1875. (Museum object #1975.8.12)
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Flapper Prom Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Evening gown worn by Edith Evelyn Nelson to the University of Wisconsin's Junior Prom, c. 1923. (Museum object #1969.147.2)
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Artisans Day Ribbon

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Artisans Day Ribbon possibly worn during parade in Milwaukee, September 3, 1888. (Museum object #H12653)
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Brown Wedding Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Golden-brown silk gown worn by Miss Mary Dittberner at her 1887 wedding to Bernhard Stieg in Clintonville, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2008.129.1A-B)
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1880s "Aesthetic" Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Tea gown inspired by the "Aesthetic" Movement of the late nineteenth century, worn by Annie Cronk of Oregon, Wisconsin, c. 1881. (Museum object #1952.128)
Historical Essay

Young Girl's Burial Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Burial dress for a young girl offered for sale by the A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral Home, Menomonee Falls, c. 1900. (Museum object #1983.267.7)
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1960s Paper Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Paper dress made by Scott Paper Co., 1966-1967. (Museum object #1969.184.13)
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Courtship Advice Fan

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Victorian scrapbook fan made by Julia Morris of Madison, decorated with suggestions about courtship, love and marriage, 1895-1899. (Museum object #1955.480
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Skunk Grease Medicine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Skunk grease made by Henry Blumer as a home health remedy for Adolph Strahm of Green County, Wisconsin, c. 1920. (Museum object #2006.1.1A-B)
Historical Essay

Menominee Fancy Dance Bustle

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Fancy dance back bustle made of dyed turkey feathers, Neopit, Wisconsin on the Menominee Reservation, c. 1982. (Museum object # 1982.48.8)
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1930s Permanent Wave Machine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Frederics permanent wave machine used in Crisella's Beauty Shop in Blanchardville, Wisconsin, late 1930s. (Museum object #1986.79.2)
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'Kewtie' Woman's Razor

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Early woman's "Kewtie" brand razor purchased in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1940s. (Museum object #1976.392.43)
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1857 Promenade Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Promenade dress worn by Hannah Billinghurst of Juneau, Wisconsin, 1857. (Museum object #1955.1449,A)
Historical Essay

Mrs. Fairchild's Worth Gown

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Gown made by Charles Frederick Worth of Paris for Frances Fairchild of Madison, Wisconsin, 1880. (Museum object #1945.960,A)
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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)
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Boy's Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Dress worn by John Kiser as a child near Oregon, Wisconsin, c. 1856. (Museum object #1950.5744)
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Sue Ann Thompson's Inauguration Gown

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Inauguration gown worn by Wisconsin First Lady Sue Ann Thompson at her first inauguration ball, 1987. (Museum object #2003.61.1a-b)
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Miss Annie Mae's Church Hat

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Hat worn by Annie Mae McClain to services at the Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2006.103.2)

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