WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Calendar

Winter Events

(December – February)

Women's Suffrage Suffragette with On Wisconsin Flag

TEMPORARILY CLOSED – “We Stand on their Shoulders”: A History of Wisconsin Women and Voting

The right to vote is life-changing, but it does not come without struggle. Celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, and discover how strong leaders and passionate groups used the new power to gain long-overdue rights and recognition for women in Wisconsin and around the nation. This new exhibition marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, shines a light on iconic women political leaders, and connects the 19th Amendment to other struggles for rights and recognition over the past century.

Suggested donation:
Adult (13+) $5, Youth (5-12) $3. Child (<5) FREE.

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Members are admitted for FREE!

 

Black History Month banner of Bernice Lindsay

Black History Month
Open House

Friday, Feb. 21 | 10 AM – 2 PM

In partnership with the Black History Education Conference, the Museum will host a variety of programs and exhibits that highlight the history of African Americans. On display will be several African American quilts that tell the stories of African Americans in Wisconsin. Folklorist Janet Gilmore will talk about the traditions of African American quilting in the state. The new exhibit on Womens’ Suffrage, “We Stand on their Shoulders: A History of Wisconsin Women & Voting” will also be highlighted. From noon – 1 p.m., Society Reference Librarian Lori Bessler will provide guidance on how to research your family history with a focus on records that help to tell the stories of African American families in the feature presentation, “Researching African American Family History.”

This is a FREE event.

Story Time at the Wisconsin Historical Museum

TEMPORARILY POSTPONED – Storytime at the Museum

2nd & 4th Thursday of the month | 10:30 AM – 11:15 PM

Join us for a series of free storytime events featuring books that celebrate diversity, friendship, and community. Each program features a book, hands-on time in the Museum, and a craft to take home. These storytimes are perfect for teachers, parents, and grandparents with kids ages 2-5. Advance registration is not required unless participants are planning to bring a group of 10 or more. To register a large group, please contact the Wisconsin Historical Museum at 608-264-6555 or museum@wisconsinhistory.org.

This is a FREE event.

Spring Events

(March – May)

A museum guide explains a mural to guests

History Sandwiched In

@Madison Public Library

“History Sandwiched In” covers a wide range of topics within the scope of history. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy while they take in an engaging presentation.

Wednesday, May 6 |12:15 PM – 1 PM
History in the Mucking – Discover how layers of history are revealed through the use of sediment cores taken from WI lakes with research scientist Paul Garrison.

Wednesday, May 20 |12:15 PM – 1 PM
Banning DDT – Bill Berry shares the compelling story of how citizen activism, science, and law merged in Wisconsin’s DDT battles to forge a new way to accomplish public policy.

These are FREE events.

Story Time at the Wisconsin Historical Museum

TEMPORARILY POSTPONED – Storytime at the Museum

2nd & 4th Thursday of the month | 10:30 AM – 11:15 PM

Join us for a series of free storytime events featuring books that celebrate diversity, friendship, and community. Each program features a book, hands-on time in the Museum, and a craft to take home. These storytimes are perfect for teachers, parents, and grandparents with kids ages 2-5. Advance registration is not required unless participants are planning to bring a group of 10 or more. To register a large group, please contact the Wisconsin Historical Museum at 608-264-6555 or museum@wisconsinhistory.org.

This is a FREE event.

Summer Events

(June – August)

Women's Suffrage Suffragette with On Wisconsin Flag

TEMPORARILY CLOSED – “We Stand on their Shoulders”: A History of Wisconsin Women and Voting

Open through Dec. 31, 2020

The right to vote is life-changing, but it does not come without struggle. Celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, and discover how strong leaders and passionate groups used the new power to gain long-overdue rights and recognition for women in Wisconsin and around the nation. This new exhibition marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, shines a light on iconic women political leaders, and connects the 19th Amendment to other struggles for rights and recognition over the past century.

Suggested donation:
Adult (13+) $5, Youth (5-12) $3. Child (<5) FREE.

Members are admitted for FREE!

 

Wisconsin Historical Museum Weird Tour

Walking Tour:
A Walk on Madison’s Weird Side

June 2 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM
July 7 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Aug. 4 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Madison has experienced its share of quirky characters, notorious murder trials, and rumors of creepy creatures. The downtown district has been at the center of these curiosities since the city was founded in 1856. The tour will take visitors from the Capitol Square to Monona Terrace and back again, exploring strange and mischievous tales about the neighborhoods in between. This tour meets in front of the museum and covers approximately 1.4 miles on city sidewalks. Participants may be asked to stand for extended periods of time. Tour will take place rain or shine! Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Pricing: $20/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Registration required. Call  608-264-6555.

A museum guide explains a mural to guests

History Sandwiched In

@Madison Public Library
June 3 | Noon – 1 PM
July 1 | Noon – 1 PM
Aug. 5 | Noon – 1 PM
Aug. 19 | Noon – 1 PM

“History Sandwiched In” covers a wide range of topics within the scope of history. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy while they take in an engaging presentation. Past “History Sandwiched In” speakers include humanities experts, UW professors, local authors, and other Dane County residents, including Jerry Apps, Bob Kann, Erika Janik, and Yi-Fu Tuan.

This is a FREE event.

Woman enjoying themselves outside

Walking Tour:
A Walk Through Women’s History

June 9 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM
July 14 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Aug. 11 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Madison has many stories of forward-thinking women who have shaped our city and our state. This tour will take visitors through the Capitol square area to explore how Wisconsin women have influenced politics, education, and social life in Madison and beyond. Join us to discover the stories of women in Madison who have made a lasting impact on our state.

Pricing: $20/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Registration required. Call  608-264-6555.

Illustrated or Print of the Madison Capitol Square

Walking Tour:
Hidden History of the Capitol Square

June 16 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM
July 21 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Aug. 18 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM

The Capitol Square has been the focal point of Madison since its founding. Discover how the downtown has changed (and stayed the same!) over hundreds of years. This tour will shed light on the formative years of Madison, featuring stories of the men and women who established our iconic square as a center of politics, commerce, and social life. How did a marsh-covered isthmus become the Madison we know today? Join us and find out! This tour meets in front of the museum and covers approximately 1.25 miles on city sidewalks. Participants may be asked to stand for extended periods of time. Tour will take place rain or shine! Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Pricing: $20/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Registration required. Call  608-264-6555.

SUMMER CAMPS

June – August

Enjoy exploring Madison with the Wisconsin Historical Museum’s Summer Camps. These camps will be adventure-filled, educational, and will spark campers’ interest in their city and state. The museum offers camps from June through August with programming for kids entering first through fifth grades.

Members receive a 10% discount!
Registration required. Call  262-594-6301.

LEARN MORE

Story Time at the Wisconsin Historical Museum

Storytime at the Museum

2nd & 4th Thursday of the month | 10:30 AM – 11:15 PM

Join us for a series of free storytime events featuring books that celebrate diversity, friendship, and community. Each program features a book, hands-on time in the Museum, and a craft to take home. These storytimes are perfect for teachers, parents, and grandparents with kids ages 2-5. Advance registration is not required unless participants are planning to bring a group of 10 or more. To register a large group, please contact the Wisconsin Historical Museum at 608-264-6555 or museum@wisconsinhistory.org.

This is a FREE event.

Fall Events

(September – November)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Weird Tour

Walking Tour:
A Walk on Madison’s Weird Side

Sept. 1 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Oct. 24 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM

The Capitol Square has been the focal point of Madison since its founding. Discover how the downtown has changed (and stayed the same!) over hundreds of years. This tour will shed light on the formative years of Madison, featuring stories of the men and women who established our iconic square as a center of politics, commerce, and social life. How did a marsh-covered isthmus become the Madison we know today? Join us and find out! This tour meets in front of the museum and covers approximately 1.25 miles on city sidewalks. Participants may be asked to stand for extended periods of time. Tour will take place rain or shine! Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Pricing: $20/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Registration required. Call  608-264-6555.

(September – November)

A museum guide explains a mural to guests

History Sandwiched In

@Madison Public Library
Sept. 2 | Noon – 1 PM
Oct. 7 | Noon – 1 PM
Oct. 21 | Noon – 1 PM
Nov. 4 | Noon – 1 PM
Nov. 18 | Noon – 1 PM

“History Sandwiched In” covers a wide range of topics within the scope of history. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy while they take in an engaging presentation. Past “History Sandwiched In” speakers include humanities experts, UW professors, local authors, and other Dane County residents, including Jerry Apps, Bob Kann, Erika Janik, and Yi-Fu Tuan.

This is a FREE event.

Woman enjoying themselves outside

Walking Tour:
Wisconsin’s Women’s History

Sept. 8 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Madison has many stories of forward-thinking women who have shaped our city and our state. This tour will take visitors through the Capitol square area to explore how Wisconsin women have influenced politics, education, and social life in Madison and beyond. Join us to discover the stories of women in Madison who have made a lasting impact on our state.

Pricing: $20/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Registration required. Call  608-264-6555.

Illustrated or Print of the Madison Capitol Square

Walking Tour:
Hidden History of the Capitol Square

Sept. 15 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM

The Capitol Square has been the focal point of Madison since its founding. Discover how the downtown has changed (and stayed the same!) over hundreds of years. This tour will shed light on the formative years of Madison, featuring stories of the men and women who established our iconic square as a center of politics, commerce, and social life. How did a marsh-covered isthmus become the Madison we know today? Join us and find out! This tour meets in front of the museum and covers approximately 1.25 miles on city sidewalks. Participants may be asked to stand for extended periods of time. Tour will take place rain or shine! Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Pricing: $20/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Registration required. Call  608-264-6555.

Science on the Square Logo

Science on the Square

Oct. 16 | 6 PM – 9 PM

In conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival, the museum will participate in the third-annual Science on the Square event. More information on activities will be posted closer to the event.

This is a FREE event.

book festival

Wisconsin Book Festival

Oct. 17

The museum will participate in the 2020 Wisconsin Book Festival. More information will be released closer to the event.

This is a FREE event.

trick or treat

Downtown Madison Trick-or-Treat

Oct. 28

The museum will participate in Downtown Madison’s Trick-or-Treat. More information will be released closer to the event.

This is a FREE event.