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Atomic Age Evacuation Route Sign

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Evacuation Route road sign used to direct Milwaukee, Wisconsin residents out of town in the event of a potential nuclear bomb detonation, installed 1955-19
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War of 1812 Cannonball

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Fragment of six-pound cannonball fired in battle between American and British forces on July 1814 at Prairie du Chien, Illinois Territory (now Wisconsin).
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Civil War Loyalty Flag

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
20-star United States Flag used in initiation ceremonies to the Union League, where members swore to protect the Union and its values, Prairie du Chien, Wi
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Civil War Draft Drum

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Military draft raffle drum used to select draftee names in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the Civil War, 1863-1864. (Museum object #1966.174)
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Milwaukee Light Guard Uniform Coat

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Milwaukee Light Guard coat worn by Captain John C. Starkweather, 1858-1861. (Museum object #1957.282)
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World War II Airplane ID model

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Airplane identification model constructed by junior high school students in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1942. (Museum object #1966.298.34)
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World War I "Sons in Service" Flag

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
“Sons in Service” flag from the Washbush home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 1917-1918. (Museum object #1985.34.1)
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Auschwitz Concentration Camp Sweater

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Concentration camp sweater worn by Tadeusz Kowalczyk while a prisoner at Auschwitz during World War II. (Museum object #1985.92)
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Native American Vietnam Veteran Pouch

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Pouch obtained from an Oneida Indian at the 1997 Milwaukee River Front Pow-Wow. (Museum object #1999.40.1)
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Sterling Hall Bombing Engine Fragment

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Engine fragment from the van used in the Sterling Hall bombing, 1970. (Museum object #1994.8)
Historical Essay

Black Hawk War Powder Horn

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Powder horn used by a member of Colonel Dodge's militia during the Black Hawk War, 1832. (Museum object #1947.851)
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Fairchild Portrait by John Singer Sargent

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Portrait of Lucius Fairchild by John Singer Sargent, 1887. (Museum object #1942.305)
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Fugitive Slave Collar

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Iron collar removed from a fugitive slave by Wisconsin soldiers in 1862. (Museum object #1961.73)
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Multi-Purpose Food from Fallout Shelter

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Multi-Purpose Food from Cold War fallout shelter in Racine, Wisconsin, 1960. (Museum object #1996.81.81)
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The 'Monster Knife' of John Fox Potter

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Giant knife presented to John Fox Potter by Missouri Republicans after his challenge to duel with a Virginia congressman, 1860. (Museum object #1957.112)
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Feather from Old Abe the War Eagle

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Eagle feather from Old Abe, the mascot of the 8th Regiment of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. (Museum object #1972.59)

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