Social Studies

Milly Zantow: Recycling Revolutionary

Milly Zantow

When Milly Zantow learned about a problem in her Sauk County community—a landfill closing much earlier than it should—she took action. Seeing for herself that there was too much plastic waste, she thought it should be recycled. At that time, no one was recycling plastics, but Milly worked with others to make it happen.

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Joe Bee Xiong: War to Peace (Hmong Version)

Joe Bee Xiong (Hmong Version)

After fighting as a child soldier in Laos during the Vietnam War era, Joe Bee Xiong moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as a refugee in the 1980s. He dedicated his life to serving the community including on the community’s city council, making him the first Hmong American in Wisconsin elected to public office.

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Joe Bee Xiong: War to Peace

Joe Bee Xiong

After fighting as a child soldier in Laos during the Vietnam War era, Joe Bee Xiong moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as a refugee in the 1980s. He dedicated his life to serving the community including on the community’s city council, making him the first Hmong American in Wisconsin elected to public office.

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Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Eau Claire

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Discover Eau Claire, a community that was both shaped and empowered by the convergence of two rivers. Follow the origins of the Native people who lived on the land and the growth of timber milling, tire manufacturing, and cookware industries that provided employment for Eau Claire residents.

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Charles Clark: From Rags to Riches

Charles Clark

To Charles Clark, success meant finding ways to serve his family, community, and country. Clark is best remembered as a founder of the consumer products corporation, Kimberly-Clark, but his work in Neenah, Wisconsin, dates back to the 1850s when he worked in a furniture factory to help support his family while he simultaneously attended school.

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Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Neenah-Menasha

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Explore the story of two Wisconsin cities with a contentious beginning that grew to be collaborative communities of innovation and service. Film, archival images, and interviews with historians, local citizens and experts illustrate the two cities' rich stories and their role in shaping international manufacturing and retailing.

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Wisconsin Vote

Wisconsin Vote

Ensure your students are in the know on the political process and how it affects them. Explore WisconsinVote.org and find a collection of lesson plans, videos, interactive maps which will help take their understanding of elections and democracy to the next level.

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Big Dreams Idea Mapper

"Big Dreams Idea Mapper” enables students to concretely draw connections between the events and themes in the documentary “Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams” and the students’ lives, homes, and community. To create an idea map, students first choose a graphic organizer, such as a topic chart, Venn diagram, or timeline.

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