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Benefit Auction and Preview Night April 25-26

The FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society will roll out the support organization's 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction on Saturday, April 26, in the historic Clausing Barn at Old World Wisconsin (pictured here). The biennial auction provides important funding for... more...
Posted April 17, 2014

Book Details Wisconsin Fight to Ban DDT

On a December day in 1968, the pesticide DDT went on trial in Madison, Wisconsin. A new book by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 'Banning DDT: How Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way,' recounts the landmark hearing and details... more...
Posted April 15, 2014

Ready, Set, Launch!

The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to announce that our new website will be launched in mid-May of 2014. The new site was designed based on feedback from real people, ranging from tractor collectors, genealogists and historic homeowners to teachers... more...
Posted April 10, 2014

Book Captures the Family Owned Business Story

Photographer Carl Corey portrays the survival stories of 53 longtime Wisconsin businesses in his new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, 'For Love and Money: Portraits of Wisconsin Family Businesses.' Corey's selection of portraits speak the generations-old stories of the state's... more...
Posted April 7, 2014

Explore Wisconsin in Watercolor

German immigrant Paul Seifert (1846-1921) came to Wisconsin in 1867 and embraced the landscape of his new home in the state's Driftless Area. He is best known for his vibrant watercolor farm paintings, which are beloved locally and highly desired... more...
Posted April 3, 2014

Civil Rights Front-Line Veterans to Speak in April

Six staff who worked for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and other civil rights organizations in the 1960s will speak at a pair of April presentations in Milwaukee and Madison during "The Movement... more...
Posted March 31, 2014

James P. Danky Fellowship Deadline is May 1

In honor of James P. Danky's long service to print culture scholarship, the Society and the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are offering an annual short-term research fellowship. The Danky Fellowship... more...
Posted March 27, 2014

Bees and Beekeepers Since 1872

The recent precipitous decline in American honey bee populations has been widely reported. It prompted Society archivists to look into historical sources on bees and honey production in the state. The manuscript collections they uncovered contained more than 200 photographs... more...
Posted March 24, 2014

'Freedom Riders' Debuts March 25

The Wisconsin Historical Society will host the third film in a four-part documentary series, "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," in Madison on Tuesday, March 25. Selected segments of 'Freedom Riders' will air at 7 pm in the auditorium of... more...
Posted March 20, 2014

Tour Villa Louis Behind the Scenes This Year

Fans of fine Victorian homes will have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Wisconsin's finest this year — the Villa Louis mansion in Prairie du Chien. Villa Louis, restored to its appearance during its heyday as... more...
Posted March 17, 2014

Wisconsin Magazine of History, Spring 2014

In 1887, many years before Babcock Hall — the dairy plant and store that bears his name — was built, Stephen Moulton Babcock arrived on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. In the spring issue of the 'Wisconsin Magazine of History,'... more...
Posted March 13, 2014

'Madeline Island and the Chequamegon Region'

A new edition of Wisconsin Historical Society Press' 'Madeline Island and the Chequamegon Region' by John O. "Jack" Holzhueter navigates the rich history of one of the state's most beloved tourist areas — the far northern tip of Wisconsin and... more...
Posted March 10, 2014

Bicycling History Center Stage at Bike Expos

The Wisconsin Historical Society will be "pedaling" bicycle history at two of Wisconsin's largest bicycling expos this spring. Nicholas Hoffman, co-author of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, 'Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycle State,' will be at... more...
Posted March 6, 2014

Wisconsin Women in the Civil War

In 1911 University of Wisconsin student Ethel Alice Hurn gathered first-person accounts of the contributions Northern women made during the Civil War in a Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, "Wisconsin Women in the War between the States." In conjunction with... more...
Posted March 3, 2014

'The Loving Story' Debuts March 4

The Wisconsin Historical Society will host the second film in a four-part documentary series, "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," in Madison on Tuesday, March 4. Selected segments of "The Loving Story," will air at 7 pm in the auditorium... more...
Posted February 27, 2014

Door County 100 Years Ago

More than 350 photographs of Door County taken in the first half of the 20th century, as it evolved from farmland into a tourist destination, constitute the latest Wisconsin Historic Images photo gallery. Ferdinand Hotz (1868-1946), a German immigrant who... more...
Posted February 24, 2014

Book Profiles State's First Public School Teacher

In 1828 Wisconsin's first public school teacher went to work in a log building near present-day Kaukauna. She was a Stockbridge Indian and taught the children of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians as well as the sons and daughters... more...
Posted February 20, 2014

Society Offers Spring Genealogy Classes

Genealogy enthusiasts looking for tips on how technology is changing research techniques, or those who have just now begun to think about beginning research into their family history, will find valuable resources in a lineup of eight upcoming genealogy classes... more...
Posted February 17, 2014

Society Creates Exhibit for Milwaukee Schools

Thanks to a grant from the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation, the Society will share a major civil rights exhibit with Milwaukee-area schools during 2014. The exhibit tells the story of 1964's Freedom Summer project, when a handful of activists led... more...
Posted February 13, 2014

Collecting Civil Rights Manuscripts in the 1960s

Why does one of the nation's richest archives on the Southern civil rights movement reside in Madison? Why has every serious researcher on civil rights over the past half century traveled to the Midwest to conduct research? You can learn... more...
Posted February 10, 2014

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