Cool off with Summer Saturdays!

Get a free water bottle when you visit during our giveaways on June 4, July 2 or August 6.
Visit early – this offer is only valid while supplies last!

Cool off with Summer Saturdays!

Get a free water bottle when you visit during our giveaways on June 4, July 2 or August 6.
Visit early – this offer is only valid while supplies last!

Explore the Stories that Made Wisconsin

History is a story with many voices, always growing and evolving—a story we tell together. At the Wisconsin Historical Museum, you’ll immerse yourself in fascinating and diverse stories of people and places from Wisconsin history.

Explore the state’s diverse and dynamic past through four floors of engaging exhibits, fascinating historical objects, and hands-on experiences that focus on Native Nations and Tribes, the immigrant experience, frontier life, agriculture, industry, politics, and much more. Enter a replica of a 1,000-year-old house and examine a fur trade post. Descend into a lead mine and climb into a tractor cab. Discover the stories of Wisconsin’s political heritage, working lives, ethnic diversity, and sense of community.

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SUMMER CAMPS

It’s a capital city escapade! Explore cultures around the world, spot Wisconsin wildlife, engage in STEM experiments, and enjoy a week of action-packed fun and learning through summer camps at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. These camps will take curious campers on exciting daily adventures around the state’s capital.

Summer Saturdays

June 4 | July 2 | August 6

Cool off and #ExploreWisconsinHistory with us!

Get a water bottle when you visit the Wisconsin Historical Museum on the first Saturday in June, July or August. Free gift can be picked up at the admission counter upon arrival. One gift per household.

Visit early – offer valid while supplies last!

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Celebrate the Fourth of July at Old World Wisconsin with patriotic decorations, live music, great food, and more!

Prepare for Independence Day with a special weekend of patriotic activities. The Crossroad's Village will be decked out in festive bunting and host live music. Hymns will be sung in the morning at St. Peter's Church, followed by an afternoon concert in the Village Grove. The Madison Brass Band will perform in period costume. A special Independence Day menu with BBQ options will be available for purchase.

For more info, click here: wihist.org/3mLBTGj
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Celebrate the Fourth of July at Old World Wisconsin with patriotic decorations, live music, great food, and more!

Prepare for Independence Day with a special weekend of patriotic activities. The Crossroads Village will be decked out in festive bunting and host live music. Hymns will be sung in the morning at St. Peters Church, followed by an afternoon concert in the Village Grove. The Madison Brass Band will perform in period costume. A special Independence Day menu with BBQ options will be available for purchase.

For more info, click here: https://wihist.org/3mLBTGj

On this day in 1874, Alice Craig Edgerton was born in Caldwell, Wisconsin.

She attended Carroll College where she received a B.A. in 1893. Craig married Charles Edgerton in 1896 and moved to Chicago. After her husband's death, she worked as a secretary to a judge who encouraged her to attend law school.

One of three women in her 1910 graduating class at Chicago Kent College of Law, Edgerton received an LL.M. degree in 1911. In 1923, Alice returned to Mukwonago where she opened a law office from which she practiced law until her death in 1946.

She was the first female member the Waukesha County Bar Association in 1926. Edgerton was author of several books, including Queen Nature's Fairy Helpers, Thirty Complete Debates, A Speech for Every Occasion, and Juvenile Selections and Dialogues.

Edgerton was the recipient of an award from the Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs for professional achievement and public service in 1941. Additionally, Alice Craig Edgerton founded both Kappa Beta Pi, the first international legal sorority organized, and the Woman's Bar Association of Illinois.

📸: scholarship.kentlaw.iit.edu/lib_exhibits/
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On this day in 1874, Alice Craig Edgerton was born in Caldwell, Wisconsin. 

She attended Carroll College where she received a B.A. in 1893. Craig married Charles Edgerton in 1896 and moved to Chicago. After her husbands death, she worked as a secretary to a judge who encouraged her to attend law school. 

One of three women in her 1910 graduating class at Chicago Kent College of Law, Edgerton received an LL.M. degree in 1911. In 1923, Alice returned to Mukwonago where she opened a law office from which she practiced law until her death in 1946. 

She was the first female member the Waukesha County Bar Association in 1926. Edgerton was author of several books, including Queen Natures Fairy Helpers, Thirty Complete Debates, A Speech for Every Occasion, and Juvenile Selections and Dialogues. 

Edgerton was the recipient of an award from the Wisconsin Federation of Womens Clubs for professional achievement and public service in 1941. Additionally, Alice Craig Edgerton founded both Kappa Beta Pi, the first international legal sorority organized, and the Womans Bar Association of Illinois.

📸: https://scholarship.kentlaw.iit.edu/lib_exhibits/

There's only a few more days left to catch our traveling display "We Will Always Be Here: Wisconsin's LGBTQ+ Historymakers" at the Wisconsin Historical Society HQ!

This exhibit explores the stories of Wisconsin's LGBTQ+ historymakers with a rich collection of examples of eight individuals across a wide spectrum of identities who have helped to empower others to make a positive change in the world. Meet some of our LGBTQ+ visionaries, changemakers, and storytellers, get inspired, and share your story.

The Wisconsin Historical Society is providing this display to schools, GSAFE programs, public libraries, historical societies, and civic organizations in Wisconsin. The ten panels of "We Will Always Be Here" tell the stories of LGBTQ+ historymakers in simple, graphic novel-inspired language, with original artwork by artist nipinet landsem.
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Theres only a few more days left to catch our  traveling display We Will Always Be Here: Wisconsins LGBTQ+ Historymakers at the Wisconsin Historical Society HQ! 

This exhibit explores the stories of Wisconsins LGBTQ+ historymakers with a rich collection of examples of eight individuals across a wide spectrum of identities who have helped to empower others to make a positive change in the world. Meet some of our LGBTQ+ visionaries, changemakers, and storytellers, get inspired, and share your story.

The Wisconsin Historical Society is providing this display to schools, GSAFE programs, public libraries, historical societies, and civic organizations in Wisconsin. The ten panels of We Will Always Be Here tell the stories of LGBTQ+ historymakers in simple, graphic novel-inspired language, with original artwork by artist nipinet landsem.