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State Historical Museum in Madison

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Wisconsin State Historical Museum

The Wisconsin State Historical Museum is downtown on the Capitol Square. In the museum are four floors of great artifacts of Wisconsin’s past.

Lets start our visit on the ground floor.  The gift shop is here with many wonderful items.  At this time of year a special display is up called “Tis the Season”,  Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Trees of all sizes and colors.  Beautiful!

Evergleam Trees

Evengleam Christmas trees

2nd Floor- 1st Settlers and Native American Tribes

This floor has a great many artifacts from the Native Americans that had large settlements in Wisconsin before Europeans came.  This is a replica of a home lived in at a settlement called Aztalan, now a state historic site and park. It is in Jefferson county.

Aztalan house

French explorer Jean Nicolet may have been the first European to have seen Wisconsin in 1634.  Here is a painting by Edwin Willard Deming depicting what his arrival may have looked like.

Jean Nicolet 1634

3rd Floor – Early Wisconsin Settlement by Europeans

Life on the frontier, pioneers making Wisconsin their own. Mining of lead became a big industry. Also a large group from Cornwall, England brought their stone quarrying skills to Mineral Point, their Pendarvis settlement. That is now a historic site.  Some of the masons came to Madison and built a house for someone, still occupied to this day.

Cornish-Built House in Madison

The lumber industry was and still is a big part of Wisconsin.


4th Floor- Late 19th-Early 20th Century

The rise of politics and it’s influence on the citizens of the state, as well as the women’s Suffrage Movement nearly a century ago.

Suffrage display

Governor Bob La Follette fought for the state to have fair legislation and a “transparent” government.   We recently saw his house in Madison, still occupied.

Bob LaFollette Governor in 1900

Bob LaFollette House


We hope you enjoyed your visit,  remember to stop by the gift shop for a unique gift. It helps support the museum’s continued operation.

Madison crock

Locally Grown at the Dane County Farmers Market

Wisconsin State Capitol

Wisconsin State Capitol

Nearly every Saturday, also Wednesdays in the summer

Wisconsin is becoming well known for it huge Farmers Market on Saturdays from April until November. After that it moves inside for the winter.  The variety is incredible in all seasons.  The rules for members is very strict, all produce must be grown by the vendors and and everything else must be made by them.  Enjoy some scenes from the market.   If you come, go COUNTERCLOCKWISE around the Capitol Square, an unwritten rule 🙂

One of my favorites vendors, Dale Marsden. He makes the most delicious honey and is known for his famous beehive hat. He will be happy to pose for a picture for you, do him a favor though and buy some honey 🙂

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Locally produced food is very popular in Madison, and there are many restaurants downtown that buy food at the market.  Here is a chef pulling a wagon to load up on local produce.   One of the flower beds around the square has been converted into a garden in recent years.

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Capitol Garden 8-25-12

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Morel Mushrooms 4-21-12

Morel Mushrooms

In the fall, it’s really pretty. I just showed you spring and summer. On 10-8-11 we went to the capitol Observation deck and got great views of the market from the below. Also a great view of Lake Mendota around fall color peak time.

10-8 441Lake mendota

10-8 093Pumpkins and Gourds

Another favorite vendor is Stella’s Bakery. They make the best spicy cheese bread around. In fact, they are able to bake it right there and sell it hot. Yum!


That about wraps it up. If you get to come to the market, come hungry!