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Wisconsin 101: Babcock Ice Cream Carton

When you see a carton of ice cream from Babcock Hall Dairy Plant, it’s not particularly flashy. It’s red, white, ...

Maritime Archeologist Dives Into History, Exploring Great Lake Shipwrecks

Tamara Thomsen is a maritime archeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society. She and her team are interested in history sunken ...

How The Badger Burrowed Into Wisconsin’s Identity

Wisconsin is THE badger state. It's on the flag. It's the mascot of the state's biggest university. And back in ...

Play Ball! Milwaukee’s Love Affair With Baseball

Baseball season begins once again this week. It’s a sport with a long history in Milwaukee. Historian John Gurda brings ...

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 ...

Frozen Assets

It was a crop that required no seeds. No one had to turn over a single furrow of earth or ...

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 ...

Keeper Of The Light: A Modern Lighthouse Keeper

Wisconsin has a long history of lighthouses. The duties of their keepers have changed dramatically over the decades but the people ...

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 ...

Wisconsin 101: The Sterling Safety Bicycle And Wisconsin’s 1890s Bicycling Craze

Wisconsin went crazy for bicycling in the late 19th century. Hailed as “the most independent, healthful, rapid, and convenient mode of ...

Mattison’s Miniature Circus: A Lifelong Passion For The Big Top

Bill Mattison fell in love with the circus as a kid in the 1930s, watching the circus train pass by ...

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 ...

The Welcome Oak

Many of us have an affinity for certain trees. For Robert Root, it’s an oak that welcomed him to a ...