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Discover the fascinating stories and historical significance of more than 200 of the Wisconsin Historical Museum's artifacts.
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Button from Tammy Baldwin’s first campaign for Wisconsin State Assembly

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
This button was made for Tammy Baldwin’s first campaign for Wisconsin State Assembly in 1992.
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T-shirt celebrating Wisconsin’s pioneering Lesbian & Gay Rights legislation

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Bonnie Augusta wore this shirt to the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights
Historical Essay

T-shirt worn to the National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
This shirt is from the first nationwide demonstration for gay rights, which was held in Washington, DC on October 14, 1979
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"Better Gay Than Grumpy" pinback button

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
This button is an example of queer culture’s use of humor and double meanings.
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Rainbow flag carried by a protestor at a lecture by Ralph Reed

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
This particular flag was carried by a protester at a lecture by Ralph Reed, held on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on February 17, 1998.
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Shirts worn by Kenneth Scott and Brian Bigler at their Holy Union ceremony

This was one of the earliest known gay union ceremonies in Madison.
Shirts worn by Kenneth Scott and Brian Bigler at their Holy Union ceremony, July 22, 1995
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Liberace's Performance Jacket

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Elaborately beaded jacket worn by pianist, performer, and Wisconsin native Liberace during his performances in the late 1970s. (Museum object #2008.77.1)
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1957 Soap Box Derby Racer

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
"Soap box" coaster car operated by Van Steiner in the All-American Soap Box Derby in 1957. (Museum object # 2009.56.1)
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Oscar Mayer Wiener Banjo-Ukulele

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Banjo-ukulele used by jingle composer Richard Trentlage in the first recording of the Oscar Mayer Wiener Song, 1962. (Museum object #2009.59.1)
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Caine Mutiny Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Naval uniform costume worn by actor Fred MacMurray in the 1954 motion picture "The Caine Mutiny." (Museum object #2009.19.1)
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Atomic Age Evacuation Route Sign

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Evacuation Route road sign used to direct Milwaukee, Wisconsin residents out of town in the event of a potential nuclear bomb detonation, installed 1955-19
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Nativity Scene Crèche Set

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Nativity scene creche set assembled and used by a Polish-American family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin beginning around 1895. (Museum accession #2007.100)
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African American Bowling Shirt

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Bowling shirt designed, made and worn by Earlene Fuller of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1995. (Museum object #2008.176.5)
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Silver Wedding Presents

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Silver ladle and spoon given to Syndonia (Hobbins) Jackson of Madison, Wisconsin as a wedding present, 1872. (Museum object #1955.304,A)
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Mayville Iron Parlor Stove

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Gothic revival parlor stove made of iron ore from Mayville, Wisconsin, 1846. (Museum object #1999.141.1)
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Southern Colonial Dollhouse

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Southern Colonial dollhouse handmade and furnished by Ann Little of Columbus, Wisconsin, 1976-1977. (Museum object #2007.191.1)
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Red Dot Potato Chip Can

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Container for potato chips made by Red Dot Foods, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, c. 1950. (Museum object #2002.384.1A-B)
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Granger Gourd

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Ceremonial container made from a gourd, presented to Wisconsin Governor William R. Taylor, 1874. (Museum object #1993.53)
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Cast Iron Effigy Mound Model

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Cast iron Wisconsin effigy mound model in the shape of a "trunk and arms of a man", designed by Increase A. Lapham, c. 1875. (Museum object #1975.8.12)

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