Begin your adventure through Wisconsin’s history by exploring an exhibit of objects and stories from around the state.
A bite of Door County history: a tourist souvenir from Ephraim, Wisconsin reminds visitors of the thriving cherry industry.
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.
Practical, economical, reliable: the unlikely origins of a hundred-year-old cookbook that still graces kitchens across America.
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.
What can this tiny cabin tell us about the lives of migrant workers in Wisconsin and the rise and fall of Green Bay’s pickle industry?
This is no generic bird. Old Abe was a beloved Civil War mascot. He now stands guard in the state capitol.
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.
Beginning in the 1960s, a massive bowling boom in Japan saw Wisconsin’s Vulcan Corporation shipping hundreds of thousands of bowling pins to Japanese markets.
After inventing malted milk in Chicago in 1873, British food manufacturer William Horlick made Racine, Wisconsin, the new home for his nutritional supplement empire.
Beginning with her odd design, over her career the changing shape of the SS Meteor gives us clues to bigger changes in Great Lakes shipping.
Wisconsin 101 is a statewide, collaborative project exploring Wisconsin’s diverse, interconnected histories through objects.