Begin your adventure through Wisconsin’s history by exploring an exhibit of objects and stories from around the state.
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.
This rusty metal draft drum determined the fate of potential Wisconsin draftees during the Civil War. During public ceremonies, the draft commissioner read selected names off small pieces of cardboard.
Practical, economical, reliable: the unlikely origins of a hundred-year-old cookbook that still graces kitchens across America.
A chance encounter brought this fishing lure to Antigo and put northern Wisconsin on the sports fishing map.
The Door County Bookmobile helped show Wisconsin that mobile free libraries could connect rural communities to each other and to the rest of the state.
Founded in Wausau, WI, in 1911, America’s first workers compensation insurance company started using equipment like the Maico Audiometer to develop new standards of workplace safety.
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!
As Chicago’s population grew in the 1800s, more and more people traveled “up north” to Milwaukee for vacations, spurring the creation of nearby resort towns.
Door County residents embraced the term Cherryland, incorporating it in the naming of local organizations and businesses.
From wax masters to pressed shellac, Paramount Records produced 78 rpm records at its plant in Grafton, Wisconsin.
The Babcock Test is a premier example of what has become known as the “Wisconsin Idea,” or the principle that education should improve people’s lives beyond the university classroom.
Wisconsin 101 is a statewide, collaborative project exploring Wisconsin’s diverse, interconnected histories through objects.