Begin your adventure through Wisconsin’s history by exploring an exhibit of objects and stories from around the state.
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.
Built in 1895, this 40-inch refracting telescope in Williams Bay marks one of the birthplaces of modern astrophysics.
Invented in Chicago and produced in Racine, Wisconsin, William Horlick’s malted milk became a world-famous nutritional supplement.
An old 78 record spins a tune about Port Washington’s Paramount Records, one of the leading blues music production studios of the 1920s.
Five brothers from Hamburg, Wisconsin, built a fox-fur empire that transformed the fur industry and played a major role in the development of a canine distemper vaccine.
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!
In the decades after the Civil War, Old Abe toured around the country, entertaining veterans and evoking pride in the Republican Party.
From beaver trapping in the 1600s to fox farming in the 1930s, fashion has always ruled the fur industry.
Bound for Buffalo with a full cargo of wheat, the Tanner left Chicago on the afternoon of September 9, 1875. Off of Milwaukee, she was struck by a powerful squall.
Astrophysicist George Hale directed the construction of the 40-inch refracting telescope at Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay.
Wisconsin 101 is a statewide, collaborative project exploring Wisconsin’s diverse, interconnected histories through objects.