“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.”  - Edgar Allan Poe

Dear Educator:

Textbook discounts from the Press, online professional development from the Wisconsin Council of the Social Studies, new virtual programs from the Wisconsin Historical Museum and Old World Wisconsin, and other free resources for grades 3-12, all designed to make this Halloween a little less scary.

The Education Team @ WHS

New from Education Services
Mildred Fish-Harnack went from being a teacher in Madison to a spy for the Allies during World War II. Celebrate this amazing woman with our essay and coloring sheet designed for multiple age groups. Download the essay and coloring sheet today!

Download our other historic coloring sheets! Packed with information on side and a fun image to color on the other, these coloring activities are designed for multi-age groups to work on together.

News from the Press
School districts who previously purchased the print edition of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press’s upper elementary school textbook, Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story (Second Edition) can order digital classroom sets (or individual, digital copies) at a 50% discount. This deepest-ever discount (which includes a student activity set and teacher’s edition) is designed to help districts be better able to afford to bring our state history textbook to online students.

Digital classroom sets of 25 textbooks each regularly retail for $1,248.75, but districts can now get a digital classroom set for $673.23. Any district who has previously purchased the
printed Second Edition of Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story is eligible. This offer also extends to the Spanish language textbook, Wisconsin: Nuestro Estado, Nuestra Historia. To order, or for details, contact Maris Education at (262)-695-9365

This fall, the Society Press publishes its first e-book only edition of its classic Voices and Votes: How Democracy Works in Wisconsin by Bobbie Malone and Jon Kasparek, a “New Badger History” series volume. The e-book is designed to be used by educators and parents to help children learn the basics, and history, of how government—and elections. Publication of an updated, print edition of this top-selling education market book is anticipated in 2022. Until then, find the current edition of Voices and Votes at your favorite e-book vendor.
From the ring of the ax to the scream of the saw blade, storyteller Jerry Apps transports your secondary readers to Wisconsin’s 1800s lumber boom, sharing true stories of lumberjacks and log jams in When the White Pine Was King. He reveals how Northwoods lessons—from cutover failures to successful reforestation—continue to shape Wisconsin. Perfect for your American literature class!
Storytime Live!
Join Jerry Apps and other authors from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press as they read excerpts from their books LIVE on Facebook! Can't make a session? Check out the Press Youtube channel for past episodes.
Big History!
We know how much you love history, and until we can welcome you back to the Society, the Library & Archives, and our sites and museums, we are going to bring more history straight to you! Here are some free resources to get you started on your adventure through the past. Check out the amazing collection of free resources here!
COVID19 Journaling Project
You Can Be a Part of History
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. Perfect for a long-term writing project!

Our Sites and Museums
Building on what teachers and students love about a Wisconsin Historical Museum field trip, these live interactive programs use students’ critical thinking skills to solve mysteries related to Wisconsin history. Designed for grades 3-5, these 30-minute inquiry-driven programs are intended for one classroom at a time.

Teachers can register for a package of 4 programs to spread throughout the school year, each with a different mystery. Museum staff host each program, acting as facilitator and leading students through each mystery. The initial program offerings include:

  • A Mississippian Mystery - Where did the museum’s Aztalan house come from?
  • The Mystery in the Mine - Who stole the miner’s tools?
  • The Riddle of the Red Roses - Who put red roses on our suffrage display?  
  • Symbol Sleuths - What do the symbols on the flag really mean?
  • Dr. Babcock’s Mystery Machine - What is this mysterious object?

Check out our website and reserve your session today!
Old World Wisconsin is pleased to announce that our Fall 2020 virtual Field Trips will be available for FREE thanks to the generous support of The Old World Foundation. Virtual Field trips are a new way to explore and engage with stories about going to school in the past, immigration, and STEM technologies in farming. Program details and information on how to book your virtual experience can be found at here.
Wisconsin Council of the Social Studies Beyondference!
Join WCSS for it's weekly series of fantastic social studies professional development! Each session features a different speaker and topic. Future speakers include John Gurda (The Making of Milwaukee) and Diana Hess (Controversy in the Classroom). Learn more about the Beyondference and register today!
Information for Educators and Homeschoolers
On Monday, June 22, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction published Education Forward, a guidance document for Wisconsin district and school leaders to use as they plan for a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school for the 2020-21 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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