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Discover the fascinating stories and historical significance of more than 200 of the Wisconsin Historical Museum's artifacts.
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

1957 Soap Box Derby Racer

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
"Soap box" coaster car operated by Van Steiner in the All-American Soap Box Derby in 1957. (Museum object # 2009.56.1)
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

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
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)
Historical Essay

African American Bowling Shirt

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Bowling shirt designed, made and worn by Earlene Fuller of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1995. (Museum object #2008.176.5)
Historical Essay

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)
Historical Essay

Mayville Iron Parlor Stove

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Gothic revival parlor stove made of iron ore from Mayville, Wisconsin, 1846. (Museum object #1999.141.1)
Historical Essay

Southern Colonial Dollhouse

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Southern Colonial dollhouse handmade and furnished by Ann Little of Columbus, Wisconsin, 1976-1977. (Museum object #2007.191.1)
Historical Essay

Red Dot Potato Chip Can

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Container for potato chips made by Red Dot Foods, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, c. 1950. (Museum object #2002.384.1A-B)
Historical Essay

Granger Gourd

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Ceremonial container made from a gourd, presented to Wisconsin Governor William R. Taylor, 1874. (Museum object #1993.53)
Historical Essay

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)
Historical Essay

Wonder Spot "Book" Sign

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Wonder Spot "Book" sign that greeted thousands of visitors to the beloved Wonder Spot attraction in the Wisconsin Dells area, c. 1990. (Museum Object #2007
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

Allis-Chalmers Governor

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Governor for hydraulic turbine engine, made by the Allis-Chalmers Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1905. (Museum object #2008.64.1)
Historical Essay

Teddy Roosevelt Campaign Bandana

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Bandana featuring music score for campaign song "We Want Teddy," used at a Milwaukee campaign rally for Theodore Roosevelt, 1912. (Museum object #1970.204)
Historical Essay

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)
Historical Essay

Early Electric Dishwasher

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Early household dishwasher manufactured by Hydro-Electric Manufacturing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1930. (Museum object #1997.35.1A-D)

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