Read more about the article OBJECT HISTORY: Neenah Foundry Manhole Cover
City of Madison Manhole Cover. Photo courtesy of Keith Kaziak, 2020.

OBJECT HISTORY: Neenah Foundry Manhole Cover

Since opening in 1904, the Neenah Foundry has earned a worldwide reputation for producing manhole covers. Manhole covers are removable lids fitted for tunnels large enough for people to access underground sewer and storm water systems. Made from strong and long-lasting cast…

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Read more about the article The Heileman Family: A German Immigration Story
John Gund Brewing Company postcard, c. 1911, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Image 35952.

The Heileman Family: A German Immigration Story

The G. Heileman Brewing Company is often remembered by historians as the vision of the two ambitious men who founded the brewery in La Crosse, Wisconsin. At the height of its popularity in 1983, Heilemanā€™s was the fourth largest brewery in the…

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OBJECT HISTORY: Slovak Catholic Altar

During the 19th and early 20th century, immigrants from all across Europe began coming to Wisconsin. Some had heard of economic opportunity from industries like mining, logging, or farming. Some were being treated unfairly in their home countries because of their race or religion.…

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OBJECT HISTORY: Potawatomi Beaded ‘Soldier Coat’

An elder spokesman for theĀ PotawatomiĀ Indians, Chief Simon Onanguisse Kahquados made a number of trips to Washington, D.C. in the early twentieth century in an effort to regain land that his people had lost through treaties with the United States government in the 1800s. Kahquados wore this coat on his last trip to Washington and also wore it on other important occasions, such as trips to the state capital in Madison where he often spent time researching and presenting information about his ancestry.

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OBJECT HISTORY: Paramount Records 78

Created by the management of theĀ Wisconsin Chair Company,Ā a furniture making business based in Port Washington, Wisconsin,Ā Paramount RecordsĀ was initially incorporated to help sell phonographic cabinets in the late 1910s. Relying onĀ resourceful talent recruitersĀ and a relativelyĀ cheap production process, Paramount Records became one of the leading blues music record producers in the 1920s, and is today recognized by…

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