Begin your adventure through Wisconsin’s history by exploring an exhibit of objects and stories from around the state.
In the 1890s, everyone from Annie Oakley to the Badger Wheelmen participated in Wisconsin’s cycling craze. The blue drop-tube safety bicycle represents two sides of Wisconsin’s bicycling story: bike manufacturing and recreational uses.
A bite of Door County history: a tourist souvenir from Ephraim, Wisconsin reminds visitors of the thriving cherry industry.
The Babcock butterfat test, developed at the University of Wisconsin in 1890, transformed the US dairy industry and helped Wisconsin become the Dairy State.
A penguin-themed serving bowl dishes out stories about the aluminum industry, postwar consumer culture, and home entertainment in mid-twentieth century Wisconsin.
A few nicks to the skin, a suction cup, and a syringe to draw your blood cured what ailed you in a mid-1800s Wisconsin doctor’s office.
Memories of European immigration, the Depression, and the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps are woven into the fabric of this commemorative sham.
The collected Stories surrounding our Objects are another way to travel through Wisconsin’s history. Tags and Dates are additional means to unexpected ends. Here are a few paths to explore, you may be surprised where they lead you!
Wisconsin wheelmen and women welcomed the freedom of cycling during the 1890s bicycle craze. Magazines and tourbooks helped guide riders interested in bicycle touring in the region.
Newspapers around the country covered Old Abe’s escapades during the Civil War, making him one of the most famous wartime mascots.
After inventing malted milk in Chicago in 1873, British food manufacturer William Horlick made Racine, Wisconsin, the new home for his nutritional supplement empire.
As maritime commerce grew in the early 19th century, loss of vessels and crews to shipwreck increased, prompting federal investment in lifesaving across the country.
Wisconsin 101 is a statewide, collaborative project exploring Wisconsin’s diverse, interconnected histories through objects.