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Wisconsin 101 is a statewide, collaborative project exploring Wisconsin’s diverse, interconnected histories through objects. Learn more.
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In the 1800s, ballot boxes were a popular way to collect votes. Using these boxes allowed the voter’s choice to remain unknown. This is known as a “secret ballot.” They were popular in smaller groups like social clubs. Votes would often take place at public houses, like the Wade House.
In the late 1800s, the Silsby Company created the Steam Powered Pumper in New York. This technological advancement made the lives of firefighters everywhere easier. They no longer had to rely on bucket brigades to fight fires. This impacted communities all over the country, including in Berlin, Wisconsin.
Recognizing the need to grind feed for his dairy cows, but unable to afford a mill, Clair Matthews designed his own version of a feed grinder. That grinder would inadvertently create the snack that would come to be known as Korn Kurls.
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“Teaching first-year students Wisconsin history through and with objects allowed for a deep and collaborative investigation of location, identity, and primary source research.”
— Krista Grensavitch, Instructor, UW-Milwaukee