Fit to Print: The Progressive Era and WWI

Read between the lines of The Progressive Era and WWI through the printing of amateur newspapers.

Bowled Over: Vietnam Era

Roll into recreation in Wisconsin during the Vietnam War era through Earlene Fuller’s story.

For the Record: World War I and the Great Depression

Tune into the history of the Great Depression through the story of Paramount Records.

An Iron In the Fire: The Fur Trade Era

Spark your thinking about life during the Fur Trade Era through the making and use of a wrought iron toaster.

Not Set In Stone: Early Wisconsin, Civil War, and Reconstruction

Get a different take on Lincoln’s legacy and the freeing of enslaved people through the Emancipation Group sculpture.

On the Move: Modern Era

Get your gears turning about life in the modern era through bicycles and bike making in Wisconsin.

Ripe for Change: Postwar Wisconsin

Travel back to the postwar era through the bunk beds that hold the history of migrant farmworkers in Wisconsin.

A Stitch In Time: Territory to Statehood

Sew your way through the time from territory to statehood with Margaret Miekel’s cross-stitch sampler.

Time to Shine: Early Explorers

Set your clock to the time of early explorers through the story of the Le Maire Sundial and Compass.

A Trunk Full of History: The New Deal and World War II

Unpack the New Deal and WWII through this Civilian Conservation Corps member’s trunk.

Waterlogged: First Nations

Dive into learning about First Nations in the area thousands of years ago through the dugout canoes recovered from Lake Mendota.


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