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.
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.
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.
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.
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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