Begin your adventure through Wisconsin’s history by exploring an exhibit of objects and stories from around the state.
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.
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 is no generic bird. Old Abe was a beloved Civil War mascot. He now stands guard in the state capitol.
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.
A penguin-themed serving bowl dishes out stories about the aluminum industry, postwar consumer culture, and home entertainment in mid-twentieth century Wisconsin.
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?
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!
From beaver trapping in the 1600s to fox farming in the 1930s, fashion has always ruled the fur industry.
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.
Operating from Racine, Wisconsin, Horlick’s Malted Milk Company transformed the dairy industry of the upper Midwest and sold its products all across the globe.
Sheldons Inc. helped Antigo become one of the most important manufacturers of fishing tackle.
Wisconsin 101 is a statewide, collaborative project exploring Wisconsin’s diverse, interconnected histories through objects.