Audrey Palzkill is a Youth Experience Coordinator at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. She has a B.A. in English Literature from UW-Madison and loves the weird and spooky side of Wisconsin history.

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cropped image of a fiddle


One of the most popular ways for lumberjacks to entertain themselves was to play music on a fiddle, a stringed instrument more commonly called a violin. By the 1800s, fiddles were mass-produced in Germany, and many of those made were exported to North America where they were sold by mail order or in music stores.

a color photograph of a Nash sedan from 1948


The Nash Motor Company, based in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was one of the era’s leading producers of motor vehicles, and their “Ambassador” sedan, first introduced in 1941, is a great example of Wisconsin’s car industry.