Mallory Zink is a museum educator and Public History graduate student at UW-Milwaukee. She is not from Wisconsin, but finds the cheese culture fantastic.

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A color photo of a red twenty-sided die

OBJECT HISTORY: A Twenty-sided Die

The 20-sided die can be traced back to the Romans, however this ancient tool for generating numbers was put to a new purpose in 1974 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

a color photo of several early Dungeons and Dragons rulebooks with dice

A Brief History of Dungeons and Dragons

In the late 1960s, Gary Gygax of Lake Geneva, WI fell in love with the board game Wargames. Inspired by the game, but with ideas for improvement, Gygax decided he would create his own version of Wargames - Dungeons & Dragons.