Begin your adventure through Wisconsin’s history by exploring an exhibit of objects and stories from around the state.
Memories of European immigration, the Depression, and the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps are woven into the fabric of this commemorative sham.
A chance encounter brought this fishing lure to Antigo and put northern Wisconsin on the sports fishing map.
Practical, economical, reliable: the unlikely origins of a hundred-year-old cookbook that still graces kitchens across America.
The mid-eighteenth century equivalent of today’s GPS, this sundial compass would have guided French officers along maritime highways stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the southern end of Lake Michigan.
Invented in Chicago and produced in Racine, Wisconsin, William Horlick’s malted milk became a world-famous nutritional supplement.
Awarded to six Milwaukee rescue boat volunteers in 1875, this medal is a reminder of the history of risk and heroism along Wisconsin’s shores.
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!
A display case in a small museum in the capitol building held the taxidermic body of Old Abe. On a bitterly cold night in February 1904, it burned.
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.
On September 10, 1875, six rescue boat volunteers were dispatched to aid the crew of the Tanner, a cargo ship foundering in Milwaukee Harbor after being struck by a powerful storm.
Young Edward Drab of Langlade County, Wisconsin, helps us remember what everyday life was like for a recruit in the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps.
Wisconsin 101 is a statewide, collaborative project exploring Wisconsin’s diverse, interconnected histories through objects.