In the Heart of Winter, Plan For Spring!

While the animals hibernate and your students brave the winter chill to walk uphill both ways to school, the Wisconsin Historical Society is busy planning for spring! With new in-person programs from our sites across the state to our continued virtual programming, there's something for everyone!

Spring of 2022 Awaits You At the Sites!

WHS is excited to bring back our popular sensory-rich, wonder-filled, In-Person Field Trips at our historic sites and museums, including: Wade House, Madeline Island Museum, Villa Louis, Stonefield, Old World Wisconsin, H.H. Bennett Studio and Museum, and the Wisconsin History Museum.

  • Madeline Island: In this hands-on visit to Madeline Island students will explore daily life before and after the arrival of the French.
  • Stonefield: Explore the ABC’s (the agriculture, butter, and chores, that is!) of history in the beautiful setting of Stonefield where hands on learning is as easy as it is fun.
  • Villa Louis: Students will tour a late 19th century Victorian mansion and grounds, have an interactive 18th century fur trade experience, and head outdoors for History Hike scavenger hunt.
  • Wade House: Climb aboard a horse-drawn wagon for a trip back in time! Explore the historic sawmill and blacksmith shop to see firsthand how tools are made and used.
  • Wisconsin Historical Museum: Discover Wisconsin's past on the Museum's popular "Why History Matters" tour for elementary students.
  • Old World Wisconsin: Step back in time to learn about the role of apprentices to decide which apprenticeship is right for you: wheelwright, blacksmith, cobbler, or cook!
  • H. H. Bennett Studio and Museum: From the earliest photographic processes practiced in Wisconsin to modern techniques and equipment, follow the life of H.H. Bennett as you explore state and regional history through science and photography.

Act 30 Professional Development

Join the Holocaust Education Resource Center and the Wisconsin Historical Society for "Wisconsin and World War II: Connecting Wisconsin History to World War II and the Holocaust." This virtual workshop will focus on using primary sources to discuss what Wisconsin was like in the pre-war, wartime, and post-war eras. Educators will receive activities and lesson plans to bring Wisconsin connections into their classrooms, providing a more personal connection to their students. Featured Author Rebecca Donner will be present to discuss her book, "All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days."

Black History Month Selected Resources

Join the Wisconsin Historical Society in celebrating Black History Month in your classroom year-round with these fantastic resources.

Milwaukee Civil Rights Movement: See how Milwaukee's Civil Rights Movement tied into the greater whole of Civil Rights nationally in this fantastic 20-lesson resource.
Blue Jenkins: Working for Workers: Discover the true story of William "Blue" Jenkins. Born i Mississippi and raised in Racine, WI, Blue Jenkins faced racism, segregation, and injustice as he worked to be a positive force in his community.
Cindy Bentley: Spirit of a Champion: Celebrate the life of one of Wisconsin’s most inspirational leaders and activists, Cindy Bentley. Born with an intellectual disability as the result of fetal alcohol syndrome, Cindy went on to being chosen as a Global Messenger for the Special Olympics and much, much more.
Justice For All: Selected Writings of Lloyd A. Barbee: Discover many of the most poignant writings for civil rights leader Lloyd A. Barbee, a champion in Wisconsin’s fair housing, desegregation, and civil rights battles of the 1960s and 70s.
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