September 30, 2011


Guests: Dave Driscoll, Principal Curator, Wisconsin Innovations: From the Iconic to the Unexpected Exhibit
Laura Beam, Coordinator, History on the Square Event, Wisconsin Historical Foundation

Wisconsin ideas, ingenuity and artifacts all come together at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in its recently opened exhibit,Wisconsin Innovations: From the Iconic to the Unexpected. Even the exhibit is "new" to Wisconsin history. Never before has the Museum created such an exhibit of those inventions and ideas that are rooted here in Wisconsin and continue to influence our lives today. Two years in the making, Dave Driscoll describes the meticulous research that went into the selection of each object and story that are grouped into five categories: Big Ideas, Business and Industry, Local Flavor, Pop Culture, and Sports and Leisure. From stem cell research to Stephen Babcock's butterfat tester (making possible 2%, 1% and fat-free milk), you'll get a taste of Wisconsin at this amazing exhibit.

For a one-day opportunity to step back into Wisconsin history, Laura Beam invites everyone to History on the Square, Saturday, October 1st from 1 - 3:30 p.m. This free, family-friendly special event highlights Wisconsin's past, present and future at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on Capitol Square - exploring the Historical Society's best work from around the state.

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