Begin your adventure through Wisconsin’s history by exploring an exhibit of objects and stories from around the state.
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.
Memories of European immigration, the Depression, and the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps are woven into the fabric of this commemorative sham.
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?
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.
A bite of Door County history: a tourist souvenir from Ephraim, Wisconsin reminds visitors of the thriving cherry industry.
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 1953, Wisconsin made occupational hearing loss a claimable condition under the state’s workers compensation law. Employers Mutual of Wausau quickly led the way in workplace hearing safety.
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.
Until the late nineteenth century, cupping was widely used for the treatment of inflammation and deep-seated pain believed to be due to an imbalance of the humors.
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.