After a major bowling tournament in 1905, the American Bowling Congress relocated from New York to Milwaukee, making the city the bowling capital of America.
A penguin-themed serving bowl dishes out stories about the aluminum industry, postwar consumer culture, and home entertainment in mid-twentieth century Wisconsin.
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.
By 1941, women working at the West Bend Aluminum Company were producing over six million anti-aircraft cartridge cases each month, earning the company awards for its outstanding wartime production efforts.
Built in 1887, the Athenaeum has been home to the Women’s Club of Wisconsin since its founding. The building and the organization that calls it home can lay claim to a number of American firsts.