Begin your adventure through Wisconsin’s history by exploring an exhibit of objects and stories from around the state.
A penguin-themed serving bowl dishes out stories about the aluminum industry, postwar consumer culture, and home entertainment in mid-twentieth century Wisconsin.
A tattered music recital poster sings songs of Milwaukee’s late-nineteenth century music scene, the women’s movement, and early Mexican immigration to Wisconsin.
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.
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.
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.
Open the front door at Menomonie’s Wilson Place Mansion to discover a world of educational innovation and an artistic movement devoted to social responsibility and quality craftsmanship.
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 late 1800s, Milwaukee’s meatpacking, wheat processing, and brewing industries boomed, attracting workers from across the country and spurring the development of suburbs like Whitefish Bay.
By 1941, women working at the West Bend Aluminum Company were producing over six million anti-aircraft cartridge cases each month, earning the company awards for its outstanding wartime production efforts.
Before the germ theory of disease gained prominence in the late nineteenth century, human illness was often understood as an imbalance of “humors” in the body.
During the Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of young men found gainful employment by enrolling in the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps.
Wisconsin 101 is a statewide, collaborative project exploring Wisconsin’s diverse, interconnected histories through objects.