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Online Exhibits

1948 Wisconsin State Fair Murals: 100 Years of Agriculture History

This exhibit brings to life a series of 14 stunning, large scale historic murals orginally displayed at the 1948 Wisconsin State Fair in celebration of the state's centennial.
That's the Ticket! A Parade of Presidential Elections
This exhibit chronicles the highlights of the past 39 races for the White House, from 1856 (the first contest between the Republican and Democratic parties) through 2008.
Toy Stories
In this online component of the museum exhibit of popular toys, notable Wisconsinites share their memories of favorite childhood playthings. Read their stories and write your own story, too.
Person to Person: Communicating Identity through Wisconsin Folk Objects
Objects of Wisconsin folk culture demonstrate the many ways in which people have communicated their ethnic, geographic, religious, and occupational identities to one another.
Skating for Gold: Wisconsin's Olympic Speed Skaters
Athletic skill, determination, and public support help explain Wisconsin's dominance of long-track speed skating. Between 1976 and 2002, speed skaters born and raised in the state won 13 Olympic medals. Madison's Eric Heiden made history when he won 5 gold medals in 1980.
From Shell to Symbol: Art of the Ethnic Easter Egg
Made from actual chicken and goose eggs, the delicate objects are hand-decorated with elaborate, richly symbolic designs. They represent the work of four Wisconsin artists sustaining their ethnic and religious traditions.
Pottery by Frackelton
Susan S. Frackelton of Milwaukee began her artistic career like many women in the late 1800s, as a landscape painter and china decorator. By the early 1900s she had become a major contributor to the arts in America as an artist, author, inventor, and businesswoman.
Cool Breezes: Fans in Fashion, Art, and Advertising
Fans can be beautiful, intriguing, useful, quirky, and informational. For those who want to experience their magic, the Wisconsin Historical Museum has mounted an exhibit called Cool Breezes: Handheld Fans in Fashion, Art, and Advertising.
That's Meat and Drink to Me: Wisconsin's Malted Milk Story
Brothers James and William Horlick of England founded a company that carried the name of Racine, Wisconsin to the farthest reaches of the globe and changed the way America ate.

Framed! Investigating the Painted Past
To the historian, paintings provide clues about the activities, attitudes, ideas, interests, prejudices, and status of the people who made and used them. The Wisconsin Historical Society recognized the importance of visual works of art as documents of history and began to commission and collect paintings in 1854.

Art of the Draw: Advertising posters from the McCormick- International Harvester Collection
This on-line exhibition features 50 advertising posters selected from the McCormick-International Harvester Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Icon Wisconsin
When something becomes commonly recognized as a graphic symbol of something else, it becomes an icon. Just as hot dogs and apple pie symbolize the United States, Wisconsin has many cultural icons well. Examine these icons of Wisconsin and discover what they symbolize.
The Milwaukee Braves, 1953-1965
In 2003, in honor of the Milwaukee Braves' 50th anniversary, the Wisconsin Historical Museum showcased Braves artifacts and photographs. The arrival of the Braves in Milwaukee in the spring of 1953 signaled a new era in baseball history. The Boston Braves were the first major league franchise in half a century to relocate.
Unpacking on the Prairie: Jewish Women in the Upper Midwest
The exhibit explores the experiences of immigrant Jewish women and how they interacted with their neighbors, maintained Jewish homes and created Jewish communities in a region with relatively few Jews.
Living Under a Mushroom Cloud: Fear and Hope in the Atomic Age
Between 1945 and 1965, Americans had ambivalent feelings about atomic power. They were pleased that American-developed atomic bombs had ended World War II, but afraid of that power being turned against them.
Snapshots from the Family Album: Milwaukee Labor After World War II
The 'golden age" of organized labor is captured through the lens of Milwaukee laborer Ed Eisenscher, photographer for the Wisconsin CIO News. His black-and-white photographs and additional images document this manufacturing center after World War II.
Chip Chat: Red Dot and the Potato Chip
Most sources agree that Moon's Lake House resort in Saratoga Springs, New York served the world's first potato chips in 1853. According to legend, George Crum, a chef at the resort, invented the paper-thin chip as a sarcastic reply to a patron who had complained that his fried potatoes were too thick and greasy.

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