Winter Is Still Here...

As winter shows us that it isn't done with us quite yet, the Wisconsin Historical Education team has been hard at work creating programming and experiences for you and your students. Read below for exciting news about the new Wisconsin History Center as well as materials to keep celebrating Black History Month all year long.

In Transition...

The Wisconsin Historical Society is excited to share that we have secured a temporary home to continue hosting school groups from across the state and offering public programs during the design and construction of the new history center. The pop-up space will be located in the US Bank Plaza at 1 S. Pinckney Street, just across the Capitol Square from the former Wisconsin Historical Museum, which closed its exhibits late last year. We’ll begin welcoming school groups to the new space in March and a full opening will follow this fall.

Finding Freedom

Finding Freedom tells the story of Joshua Glover, a man who escaped slavery in 1852, evaded capture, and traveled the Underground Railroad through Wisconsin before reaching freedom in Canada. Updated in 2022, the new edition contains a foreword that shines a light on the connections between the story of Joshua Glover and modern anti-racist movements. Classroom resources for grades 6-12 now available!

Discover Vel Phillips

Vel Phillips's career included many firsts. She was the first African American woman to graduate from UW-Madison’s law school, the first to win a seat on Milwaukee’s City Council, the first to become Secretary of State of Wisconsin, and the first to become a federal judge. Even though she passed away in 2018, the Vel Phillips Foundation still works to help people achieve their dreams. Discover this and more with a classroom essay and activity sheet from the Wisconsin Historical Society!

The Heart of An Activist

Discover the amazing life story of Juanita Adams! This curriculum is designed to enlighten and inspire students in grades 6-12. Using archival and contemporary sources as well as an autobiographical essay, students will learn about Juanita Adams’ lifetime of activism and Milwaukee’s desegregation and Fair Housing movement.

Resources, Field Trips, In-Class Programming...

Visit the education hub of our website to discover the many different ways you can use history to engage your students! From visits to our historic sights, interactive programs in your classroom, to downloadable resources, it's all at your fingertips year-round!

There's Still Time to Register for WCSS 2023!

Join hundreds of social studies educators at the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies 2023 conference! Located in downtown Madison, WI, you'll engage with dozens of speakers and experience high-quality professional development designed to provide you with actionable resources for your classroom.

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