Liberty Pole Hill to again fly a flag

History has a way of defeating itself. Origins grow fuzzy, accomplishments are overshadowed, materials deteriorate. But now a persistent effort by local town residents has resulted in the restoration of a longtime symbol of those origins.
On Memorial Day, for the first time in 40 years, a flag will wave from the pole at Liberty Pole [...]

Lincoln page brings $91,000

During the summer of 2009, someone bought a piece of national history when the Beloit Historical Society agreed to auction off a piece of paper that netted $91,000.
The single page, handwritten paper was part of a larger manuscript and has the number 44 written at the top. It contains 23 lines written by then president, [...]

Dinesen Cabin Restoration Complete

The Dinesen Log Cabin was built back between 1865 and 1866 and is filled with a rich history.
“It was built by the U.S. Government during the Civil War because the Military would arrive here and stay over night on there journey to the upper peninsula back when they were mining for copper as part of [...]

Kenosha: Foodie finds and civil war insights

f you’re disenchanted with the current crop of political candidates, you may be ready to cast your vote for a couple of presidential aspirants, circa 1860. At the Civil War Museum, opened in September 2008 at Kenosha, Wis., you’ll find details of these politicians and issues they supported.
It was the most polarizing and divisive election [...]

Civil War Museum offers family program

The Civil War Museum will present “Civil War Sunday: Missing Home” Sunday, March 7. Drop in anytime from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Soldiers in the Civil War had to spend significant amount of time away from their families.  How did they remember their families?  Animals were very important reminders of home. Many groups of soldiers had mascots which [...]

2005 cannon controversy spurs proposed ordinance

Following a controversy over missing cannons on Monument Square a few years back, a city committee has proposed an ordinance to protect city-owned historical property.
In the summer of 2005, city department officials had two Civil War cannons in Monument Square moved as a part of a redesign of the Downtown square. But later it was [...]

History Mystery: Body of Confederate soldier is buried in Green Ridge Cemetery

The last History Mystery question: What former member of the Confederate Army is buried in Kenosha’s Green Ridge Cemetery?
The answer: His name was William C. McDoniel, and he is the only Confederate soldier buried in Kenosha with full military honors.
At the time of his death at the age of 66 on May 7, 1909, he [...]

Octagon House open Saturday for Hot Air Affair tours

The St. Croix County Historical Society will participate in the Hot Air Affair this year.
The winter ballooning festival comes to Hudson the first weekend in February, and the Octagon House will be open with a special Hot Air Affair exhibit on Civil War ballooning and the Union Army Balloon Corps.

Town of Lake’s Civil War draft

Volunteer or be drafted. That was the message barely beneath the surface of Wisconsin Civil War recruitment posters like the one that shouted, “Arouse! Volunteers Wanted!”
Wisconsin, like other states, was having difficulty filling its volunteer quota set by the federal government. The recruitment posters alone did not spur enlistments, so President Lincoln mandated that any [...]

Doyle Signs Juneteenth Bill

Gov. Jim Doyle has signed a bill that makes Juneteenth Day a legal holiday in Wisconsin.
Juneteenth Day events are held in communities around the country to commemorate June 19, 1865, the day when Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, to announce the Civil War was over and that slaves were free.