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.
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.
An old 78 record spins a tune about Port Washington’s Paramount Records, one of the leading blues music production studios of the 1920s.
The Babcock butterfat test, developed at the University of Wisconsin in 1890, transformed the US dairy industry and helped Wisconsin become the Dairy State.
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.
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.
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!
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.
German immigrants helped develop a vibrant musical culture in Wisconsin, influencing musical tastes across America through the late 1800s.
During the Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of young men found gainful employment by enrolling in the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps.
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.
Wisconsin 101 is a statewide, collaborative project exploring Wisconsin’s diverse, interconnected histories through objects.