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.
The Babcock butterfat test, developed at the University of Wisconsin in 1890, transformed the US dairy industry and helped Wisconsin become the Dairy State.
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.
After Wisconsin-based companies manufactured bicycles, bicycling enthusiasts helped to facilitate tourism and travel in the state.
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.
While the 1890s bicycle craze was short-lived, contemporary cycling enthusiasts draw on their legacy as they advocate for better conditions on the road.
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.
Kander was “the Jane Addams of Milwaukee”–a social reformer who wanted Jewish immigrants to Wisconsin to become more American.
From beaver trapping in the 1600s to fox farming in the 1930s, fashion has always ruled the fur industry.
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.