You may have seen someone wearing goggles, a corset, and a bustle in a local parade. Mixing the Victorian age with technology and industry, steampunk has taken off in recent years in places you might expect like Madison and Milwaukee…. But also in Lodi.
The Babcock butterfat tester transformed the dairy industry and helped Wisconsin become the dairy state. Its big story for such a humble object. Wisconsin Historical Museum curator Dave Driscoll shares the story of this transformative invention as part of our ongoing series Wisconsin 101, a statewide collaborative project to explore Wisconsin’s story through historical objects.
One of the most well-known figures in Civil War Wisconsin wasn’t a person at all but an eagle named Old Abe. Despite the name and the bird’s fame, though, the eagle’s gender has been in question for more than a century…. until the Wisconsin Veterans Museum decided to settle the question once and for all.
Abe Lincoln may draw all the photos from eager grads on UW-Madison’s Bascom Hill… but there’s a plaque nearby with a message that forms a sort of mission statement for the campus. Writer Robert Kennedy tells us about the trip that brought “sifting and winnowing” into focus in his own life.
It’s wedding season and while wedding trends come and go, elaborate, one-of-a-kind affairs have long been in fashion. Milwaukee historian John Gurda tells us about the 1881 wedding deemed the most brilliant in Milwaukee’s social history.
Politicians do many things to show they are one of us – visiting diners, kissing babies, eating whatever on a stick at the state fair. It’s a story with a long history. Eric Dregni tells us about the importance of fishing to political aspirations.