Merry meet! Merry part! Merry meet again!

As you look ahead to the new year, let resources from the Wisconsin Historical Society make your lessons even more engaging for 2022.

Get Virtual This Winter!

Can't visit our historic sites or museums? Jump on over to our web page and find the perfect program for your class! Archaeology, civics, Wisconsin lore and more, our guided virtual programming will both educate and entertain your young learners!

Press Releases: Voices & Votes

"Voices and Votes: How Democracy Works" in Wisconsin weaves together Wisconsin history and civics for a comprehensive overview of democracy in our state.

“By showcasing Wisconsin students working for positive change in their communities, "Voices & Votes" demonstrates how citizenship education activities can take students out of the classroom and into the community as engaged citizens.” –Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elizabeth Burmaster

Modern Jungles and Remembering the Holocaust Education Materials
Designed for secondary classrooms grades 6-12 and co-created with the author, the Modern Jungles education materials will deepen your students' appreciation for and understanding of the Hmong immigration experience. Built on the inquiry framework of "Thinking Like A Historian," these materials push students to engage with the text by relating young Pao Lor's experiences to their own lives, exploring not just the differences of immigrant and refugee cultures but the commonalities we all share as human beings.

This moving documentary volume brings together fourteen interviews of Holocaust survivors who later settled in Wisconsin.

With words and photographs, they describe the richness of pre-war Jewish life in Europe; the advent of prescriptive laws, arrests, and deportation; the unspeakable horrors of the Nazi camps; and ultimately the liberation and postwar experiences of the survivors. Use these powerful oral history resources to teach the Holocaust in your classroom

Future Changemakers

In recognition of the Society’s 175th anniversary, we are celebrating visionaries, changemakers, and storytellers who helped shape Wisconsin history. As our anniversary year comes to a close, we asked young Wisconsinites to tell us who inspires them, and how they hope to inspire others in the future.

Recollection Wisconsin

Recollection Wisconsin is developing resources to connect elementary students to local history materials in their own communities. Teachers in grades 3-5, please consider taking a few minutes to complete this survey on how you currently find primary sources to teach Wisconsin history and what kinds of resources would be most helpful for you.

An Interview with Maria Parrott-Ryan

Tell us about yourself. I’m the senior editor for K-12 publications at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. It’s the perfect job for me, because reading is my absolute favorite thing to do. I also love to write. My first book will come out in spring of 2023—it’s a nonfiction science story for middle schoolers about some mysterious glowing mammals. (It’s a Wisconsin story, too!)

I also love to get out and enjoy nature. I’m always up for a hike in a state park, some (casual) birdwatching, and ice-skating with my daughter at the neighborhood rink in winter.

What do you do? I edit books that WHS Press publishes for young readers. I also collaborate with educators at the Society to create curriculum materials that go along with those books so teachers can use them in their classrooms.

What are you looking forward to? I can’t wait to work with each new, talented author and illustrator whose books we publish, and I’m always excited to learn more about Wisconsin history. (I learn so many new things and encounter such incredible stories with every book!) A specific project I’m looking forward to is leading the development of a new edition of our elementary textbook, Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story. It will be a big job and a big challenge, but I’m up for it.

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