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Teach and Learn Wisconsin History

Learn With the Wisconsin Historical Society

Welcome to the Wisconsin Historical Society online education experience. Below you’ll find resources that will empower curiosity by creating spaces for listening to different voices, sharing ideas, and exploring our past, present, and future.

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Learn With Us Virtually!

Live virtual programs in your classroom or on your learners' screens!

Building on what teachers and students love about in-person visits to our museums and historic sites, these live, interactive programs bring creativity, critical thinking, and empowered storytelling into your home or classroom.

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National History Day 2021

National History Day

Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

National History Day is an exciting academic enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people, and events. It is more than a day; it is a process, a creative outlet, and a confidence-building experience. This is an opportunity to think beyond the textbook in your social studies classroom and develop a memorable project.

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Teachers' Lounge

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Inquiry based framework that empowers students' curiosity as they do the real work of history.

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Biographies created for students exploring the lives of significant figures from Wisconsin's past.

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Easy to use essays exploring a dynamic 14,000 years of human history in Wisconsin.

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See how the Wisconsin Historical Society programs align with state standards for education materials.

Covid-19 Journal Project, collecting history as it happens. Learn More here!

Covid-19 Journal Project

Now it's your turn to record history as it's happening. The Society is actively documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Wisconsin and the world. Our tradition of balancing the collection of artifacts and material with personal experiences is a critical part of this process. Just like the soldiers in 1861, it is your documentation of your lived experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine that will allow the Society to share history with people living 100 years from now.

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Educators' Book Picks

Wisconsin Our State, Our Story Second Edition

Essential Textbook

Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story

Core content for grades 3–5

Discover the fascinating people and events that shaped our past—from the retreat of the glaciers to the diverse state we are today—through the primary sources left behind.

2nd Edition

English and Español versions available in print and digital format.

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Classroom Must Haves

Sport Ship Dog of the Great Lakes

Learn Great Lakes maritime history through the beautifully illustrated, real-life adventures of a rescued pup who served on a lighthouse tender ship.

Grades K–2 | Classroom Materials

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Picture of Belle and Bob: Partners in Politics

Learn about early 1900s society as Wisconsin’s most famous political pair fight for progressive values, political reform, and women’s suffrage.

Grades 3-5

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Picture of Caroline Quarlls and the Underground Railroad

Follow a 16-year-old enslaved person’s harrowing Underground Railroad journey to freedom as she’s pursued by enslavers through Wisconsin and on to Canada.

Grades 3-5

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Picture of Casper Jaggi: Master Swiss Cheese Maker

Explore Wisconsin’s dairy history and cheesemaking traditions in this biography of a Swiss cheesemaker.

Grades 3-5

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Picture of Cindy Bentley: Spirit of a Champion

Meet the Milwaukee champion who didn’t let being born with fetal alcohol syndrome stop her from winning gold, advocating for the disabled, and serving as a Global Messenger for Special Olympics International.

Grades 3-5

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Picture of Cris Plata: From Fields to Stage / Del Campo al Escenario

In this dual-language biography, explore a Wisconsin musician’s story of farming, family, and schooling amid the uncertainties of migrant life.

Grades 3-5

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Picture of Great Ships on the Great Lakes: A Maritime History

Explore the history of rivers, lakes, and the Midwest’s inland seas—and the people and ships who navigated them—in this history of Great Lakes ships and shipping.

Grades 3-5 | Classroom Materials

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Mai Ya's Long Journey

Follow the story of Mai Ya Vue, a Hmong girl who experienced childhood in a refugee camp after fleeing from the war in Laos. This story illustrates the struggles and triumphs of resettling in Wisconsin.

Grades 3-5

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Picture of Mountain Wolf Woman: A Ho-Chunk Girlhood

Discover what it was like to be a Ho-Chunk girl in the late 1800s by following the story of Xehaćiwiŋga, known as Mountain Wolf Woman, as her family is forced to move west before eventually returning to Wisconsin.

Grades 3-5

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Picture of Native People of Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded Edition

Introduce upper elementary students to the history, culture, and contemporary society of each of Wisconsin’s 12 Indian nations in this approachable work by Patty Loew.

Grades 3-8 | Classroom Materials

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Picture of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal (Revised 2nd Edition)

High school readers explore in depth the history, culture, and contemporary society of Wisconsin’s 12 Indian nations, including the cross-cultural lives of urban Indians, Wisconsin’s largest Native population.

Grades 6-12 | Classroom Materials

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Somos Latinas

Witness the contributions of Wisconsin’s Latina activists—from demonstrators to collaborative community-builders—in this first-of-its-kind history of powerful Latinx women.

Grades 6–12 | Classroom Materials

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How to Order for Schools

Mail your order to:
  • Wisconsin Historical Society Press
  • Attn: Marty and Joyce Dambekaln
  • Maris Education
  • P.O. Box 26
  • Hartland, WI 53029

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