Immigrating from Hungary to Langlade County at the turn of the 20th century, the Drab family’s journey was just one of thousands that have shaped Wisconsin history.
Nineteenth-century declines in wheat production, combined with new agricultural technologies like silos and Babcock testers, ensured Wisconsin would become the leading dairy producer in the nation by 1915.
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.
Changing ideas about human health in the late nineteenth century saw medical experts slowly abandon humoral theory and accompanying practices like cupping.
A Civil War veteran, Dr. James T. Reeve of Appleton, Wisconsin, practiced medical cupping.
As maritime commerce grew in the early 19th century, loss of vessels and crews to shipwreck increased, prompting federal investment in lifesaving across the country.
One of Wisconsin’s most avid collectors, Frank Duchateau donated his trove of over 12,000 artifacts to the Neville Public Museum of Brown County.
In the decades after the Civil War, Old Abe toured around the country, entertaining veterans and evoking pride in the Republican Party.
In the 1800s, bottle manufacturers began automating the production process, leading to a long line of new bottle designs.
Invented in Chicago and produced in Racine, Wisconsin, William Horlick’s malted milk became a world-famous nutritional supplement.
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.
Thanks to the invention of the Babcock test in 1890, average Wisconsin dairy farmers could measure their milk’s butterfat content in just five easy steps.