Joy Huntington is currently a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the School of Human Ecology studying Interior Architecture. Joy received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Interior Architecture from Chatham University. While working on her doctorate she is assisting her advisor, Jung-hye Shin in a contemporary environment and behavior study.

In 2018/2019 Joy is a Mellon Public Humanities Fellow working with Wisconsin 101 and the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Education Department.

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Badger Wheelmen club pin

OBJECT HISTORY: Badger Wheelmen Pin

During the 1880s bicycling became very popular, and many cycling clubs opened across America. The Badger Wheelmen was a cycling club based in Milwaukee. In clubs, cycling fans could meet and share their love for bicycles. In that era, many people joined social clubs to improve themselves or the world around them. Members wore pins like this one to show they belonged to a club.

a cropped image of a cradleboard


Native Americans used cradleboards in North America to protect, carry, and entertain their babies. Cradleboards allowed women to keep babies close to their side.

Drawing of Graphophone


The graphophone was one of the first ways to record and play sound. And without this invention we would not have things like voicemail, iTunes, or Spotify. Listening to recorded sounds is something we now do on a daily basis.

a round black stone sitting in fireplace


Lefse is a traditional Norwegian food that is still special to many Norwegian Americans today. Norwegian families heat the lefse stone in a wood-burning stove and then use it to cook the lefse dough.

a photo of a slate tablet


In the 1800s, schools used slates to teach students reading, writing, and math. Students used slates because paper and ink were expensive.