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About the Wisconsin History Tour

The Wisconsin History Tour, an outreach initiative of the Wisconsin Historical Society, is a traveling exhibit crisscrossing the State to bring history to life near you. Come and see an exhibit of historic photographs, documents and stories about the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin!

Attend educational events, lectures by authors, genealogy workshops, demonstrations and more at the Waukesha Public Library and Carroll University in downtown Waukesha.

The exhibit is now on display through the end of September, and all events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, September 15

  • 10:00 AM  :: Drama of the Great Waukesha Springs Era Join author John Schoenknecht in reliving the rivalries throughout the Great Waukesha Springs Era.
    Location:  Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186
  • 12:00 PM  :: Meet & Greet and Exhibit Tour Join staff for a Meet and Greet at the exhibit.
    Location:  Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186
  • 4:00 PM  :: Exploring Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes Join Tamara Thomsen for a discussion on documenting shipwrecks and their artifacts.
    Location:  Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186
  • 6:00 PM  :: Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin Listen to UW-Madison professor Dr. Patty Loew share inspiring stories of those who helped sustain and nurture Wisconsin's 12 Indian Nations.
    Location:  Carroll University - Dorothy Goff Frisch Recital Hall in the Shattuck Music Center, 218 N East Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186

Wednesday, September 16

Thursday, September 17

  • 10:00 AM  :: Crafting History: How to Make a Mary Nohl-Inspired Sculpture Bring items from home to make your own Mary Nohl-inspired head sculpture.
    Location:  Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186
  • 12:00 PM  :: Dairy as Identity: The Alice Experience Discuss the state's agricultural industry with the three Alices of Alice in Dairyland.
    Location:  Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186
  • 6:00 PM  :: Your Stuff, Your Story Share your stuff and tell your story with Dave Driscoll and Jim Draeger.
    Location:  Carroll University - Lower Level 114 in the Center for Graduate Studies, 2140 Davidson Road, Waukesha, WI 53186

Friday, September 18

  • 10:00 AM  :: Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka Listen to polka music while learning why it's a popular Midwest tradition.
    Location:  Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186
  • 12:00 PM  :: A Settler's Year Book Release Join author Kathleen Ernst as she discussed how lives were shaped in early Wisconsin.
    Location:  Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186

Saturday, September 19

  • 10:00 AM  :: Waukesha County History Fair Enjoy ice cream while learning what local history associations do in your community.
    Location:  Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186
  • 11:00 AM  :: Guitar Wizard: A Les Paul Journey with Bob Jacobson Learn about Les Paul's musical inspirations while listening to a Bob Jacobson play his own Gibson electric guitar.
    Location:  Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186