Wisconsin’s Culture

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“No place is a place until things that have happened in it are remembered in history, ballads, yarns, legends, or monuments.”

Wallace Stegner, "The Sense of Place," 1983


“Local culture is everything that we create and share as part of our lives in the place where we live or work …


“Local culture recognizes that people’s daily knowledge comes from shared life experiences and information transmitted to them by family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.”


Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture


Eleven Native American tribes were the original settlers of Wisconsin:  Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Forest County Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac due Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Menominee, Oneida, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, St Croix Band of Chippewa , Sokaogan Chippewa,  and Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican,  travelers can tour compelling  museums, explore historic villages, attend festive pow-wows and enjoy authentic Native American foods.


Explorers from Europe came in the mid-17th century, the French being the first.  They were followed by some British, Irish, then a massive migration of Germans, followed by Scandinavians and people from throughout  western and eastern Europe. 


The state bec ame a fur trading center. After the War of 1812, the economy began to transition to mining In the 19th century there was a transition to agriculture, lumbering and heavy industry. Throughout, of course, fishing became a centerpiece of economic activity.


The state’s culture is boundless.