Online Exhibits

Men pose in the snow in a logging camp

The Lumber Industry

This exhibit features a collection of stories on the lumber industry in Wisconsin. The essays feature tools of the trade including the bark spud and log-marking hammer. It also addresses camp life through a feature on the fiddle and local logging histories.


From Happy Days to the African American bowling scene in Milwaukee, bowling was a cultural phenomenon that gripped the public’s enthusiasm. This exhibition features essays about everything from the manufacturing of the bowling pin to bowling on an international stage.

American Bowling Congress tournament in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1905. Photographer unknown.
A woman runs the milking operation at the G.L. Hamon dairy farm, Juda, Wisconsin, circa 1929. Image courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society. (Image ID 24439)

The Dairy State

Wisconsin is certainly synonymous with cheese, but do you know how it became the diary state? This exhibition takes you through the Swiss origins of the dairy state, scientific reformers such as Stephen M. Babcock, and the development of malted milk from Horlick’s in Racine, WI.

Wisconsin Waters

Situated along two of the Great Lakes with more than 12,000 rivers and 15,000 lakes, Wisconsin is home to industries and pastimes built up around these natural resources. This exhibition explores Wisconsin’s shipping history and the dangers therein, its water sources as resources and energy source, and its history of pastimes and tourism on ship and shore.

A whaleback ship, the SS Joseph L. Colby, at the Soo Locks between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Image from wikimedia commons.


This image to the left may be a familiar representation of the high volume of immigration to the United States in the early twentieth century. The stories and objects examined in this exhibit begin to explore the many different peoples that have immigrated to Wisconsin and the impacts they had on the young state.

European immigrants boarding a steamer to the United States. Harper’s Weekly, November 7, 1874.
French traders exchanging European goods for furs trapped by Native Americans. Decorative detail from a 1777 map of Canada by William Faden. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

Indigenous Peoples

The state of Wisconsin occupies a modern political boundary, but for millenia prior peoples and nations occupied this space. This exhibition feature essays and objects about indigenous peoples, their encounter with colonizers and settlers, and their modern history.

Latinx History in Wisconsin

This exhibit features essays and historical objects related to Latinx men and women in Wisconsin. The stories overlap with a variety of other subjects including politics, agriculture, and tourism.

A migrant worker family in a Door County cherry orchard. Image courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Image ID: 48938.
Earlene Fuller (far right) and her teammates at the Women's International bowling Congress championship bowling tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana, April-May 1961. Source: Image courtesy of Pauline McCollum

African American History

This exhibit features essays and historical objects related to African American men and women in Wisconsin. The stories overlap with a variety of other important subjects including politics, agriculture, and entertainment.

Women in Wisconsin

This exhibit features essays and objects related to women in Wisconsin. The stories overlap with a variety of other subjects including immigration, agriculture, and entertainment.

Oil, canvas portrait of Lizzie Black Kander. Painted by John Doctoroff in 1931. Photo courtesy of the Jewish Museum Milwaukee