keywords into search boxes or by opening drop‐down menus. There are eyewitness accounts from all eras in U.S. and Wisconsin history, and documents or museum artifacts from every historical period over the last 5,000 years. There are primary sources from nearly every Wisconsin county (type the county name in the search box), and a large number of diaries, memoirs and other eyewitness accounts written by young people. Youʹll discover primary sources from every major ethnic group, and written by women, children, and working‐class people whose voices are not often heard in the standard textbooks.
Youʹll also find short background essays on more than 50 pivotal events in Wisconsin history (who, what, where, when, why), annotations explaining each primary source (where it came from and why it’s important), 100 modern reference maps, an online Dictionary of Wisconsin History, dozens of lesson plans, and the entire contents of this handbook.
A set of pages at Turning Points called “Using Primary Sources” offers more advice on how to utilize them in the classroom, including masters of “document analysis worksheets” that you can print off and duplicate.
Other online collections of Wisconsin primary sources available for free at the Societyʹs Web site are listed at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/collections.asp. These include 15,000 photographs and other images from the Society Archives, hundreds of paintings and thousands of pieces of clothing from the Society Museum, 50,000 pages of Wisconsin newspaper stories from the Society Library, and hundreds of rare books and manuscripts.
When you want to show students how national events affected their own community, start at Turning Points in Wisconsin History.