The Babcock butterfat test, developed at the University of Wisconsin in 1890, transformed the US dairy industry and helped Wisconsin become the Dairy 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.
Memories of European immigration, the Depression, and the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps are woven into the fabric of this commemorative sham.
A bite of Door County history: a tourist souvenir from Ephraim, Wisconsin reminds visitors of the thriving cherry industry.
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 Door County Bookmobile helped show Wisconsin that mobile free libraries could connect rural communities to each other and to the rest of the state.
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.
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.
Five brothers from Hamburg, Wisconsin, built a fox-fur empire that transformed the fur industry and played a major role in the development of a canine distemper vaccine.
Invented in Chicago and produced in Racine, Wisconsin, William Horlick’s malted milk became a world-famous nutritional supplement.
The mid-eighteenth century equivalent of today’s GPS, this sundial compass would have guided French officers along maritime highways stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the southern end of Lake Michigan.
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.