Begin your adventure through Wisconsin’s history by exploring an exhibit of objects and stories from around the state.
This is no generic bird. Old Abe was a beloved Civil War mascot. He now stands guard in the state capitol.
Pop open a bottle from the old Cassel Soda Company and you’ll find surprising stories about Prohibition, Milwaukee’s resort towns, and urbanization in early-1900s Wisconsin.
Hewn from Northwoods maple, this Vulcan Corporation pin reminds us that Milwaukee was once the bowling capital of America. From Wisconsin’s lumbering heyday, to Japan’s abandoned alleys, explore history in the bowling lane.
Invented in Chicago and produced in Racine, Wisconsin, William Horlick’s malted milk became a world-famous nutritional supplement.
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 penguin-themed serving bowl dishes out stories about the aluminum industry, postwar consumer culture, and home entertainment in mid-twentieth century Wisconsin.
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!
While the 1890s bicycle craze was short-lived, contemporary cycling enthusiasts draw on their legacy as they advocate for better conditions on the road.
A Civil War veteran, Dr. James T. Reeve of Appleton, Wisconsin, practiced medical cupping.
After Wisconsin-based companies manufactured bicycles, bicycling enthusiasts helped to facilitate tourism and travel in the state.
Investing in research to prevent disease on their fox farms, the Fromm brothers became key players in the development of a canine distemper vaccine.
Wisconsin 101 is a statewide, collaborative project exploring Wisconsin’s diverse, interconnected histories through objects.