Collections

Wisconsin in the First World War

One hundred years ago, the world went to war. Wisconsin in the First World War explores how Wisconsinites experienced the war, both at home and abroad.

WWI – Hortence Troutman, Nurse

One hundred years ago, Wisconsin went to war. In partnership with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, we’re exploring stories of Wisconsin ...

Wisconsin In WWI: The Thick of It

One hundred years ago, Wisconsin went to war. In partnership with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, we’re exploring stories of Wisconsin ...

Wisconsin In WWI: Charles Whittlesey’s Lost Battalion

A century ago Charles Whittlesey left his job as a lawyer in New York to to fight in World War ...

Wisconsin In WWI: Bill Rice’s Letter Home From Verdun

Bill Rice was just finishing his first year at Harvard Law School when he was accepted into the American Ambulance ...

Wisconsin In WWI: Poetry Of War

The Great War inspired famous war poets such as Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sasson, and Robert Graves. But many soldiers of ...

Wisconsin in WWI: Mingling With The French

In every war there’s a lot that happens behind the front lines. Sometimes it’s training or mission related but sometimes ...

Wisconsin in WWI: Goodbye America, Hello… Horses?

One hundred years ago, Wisconsin went to war. In partnership with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, we’re exploring stories of Wisconsin ...

Wisconsin in WWI: Horses And Transportation

In early 1917, John Pavlik enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guard. He was just 16 but he felt that American ...

WWI Veteran Recalls His Enlistment, Training, and Pranks

One hundred years ago, Wisconsin went to war. In partnership with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, we’re exploring stories from Wisconsin ...

In Flanders Fields: WWI Veteran Recalls Poetry Of War

John Pavlik was born in Crystal Falls, Michigan, in 1901. He enlisted on April 3rd, 1917, at the age of ...

Food Will Win The War

When most people think of food rationing, they think of WWII. But Americans were first urged to conserve during the ...

A Chaplain on the Front Lines

Not everyone who went to war was a soldier or nurse. Chaplin Walter Beaudette (1884-1962) was a Roman Catholic chaplain with the ...

La Follette Against the War

Wisconsin Senator Bob La Follette was one of the leading opponents of U.S. entry into WWI. Historian Nancy Unger tells ...

A Nurse on the Front Lines

Helen Bulovsky was a young Madison nurse who went to France in 1918. Working at evacuation hospitals, she served as ...

Anti-German Hysteria

U.S. entry into WWI in 1917 fueled a wave of anti-German sentiment across Wisconsin and across the nation. The fervor ...

Sign Up Form

Sign Up for Our Bi-Weekly Newsletter

Get your favorite Wisconsin Life stories and the latest hand-drawn "Something About A Flower" comic