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Happy Birthday Wisconsin!

Flag_of_Wisconsin_svg.png On this day in 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state to join the union. How much do you know about your state's history? These fun facts might surprise you:

Wisconsin earned the nickname "Badger State," not because of its proliferation of badgers, but because of its miners who burrowed into the hills for shelter rather than build houses.

Milk (not beer!) is Wisconsin's actual state beverage

Wisconsin's state flower is the Wood Vilet but you can't pick it- it's illegal!

Sheboygan is known as the "Bratwurst Capital" of the world.

The nation's first kindergarten was established in Watertown in 1856. Its first students were local German-speaking youngsters.

The first practical typewriter was designed in Milwaukee in 1867.

Nearly 21 million gallons of ice cream are consumed by Wisconsinites each year.

The Republican Party was established in 1854 in Ripon when Alvan Bovay convened a meeting to create a new political party that would defend against the expansion of slavery.


Want to learn more Wisconsin history? Check out some books about our great state at your Milwaukee Public Library!

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