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The Wisconsin Story

Kenosha Public Museum

First Floor

The Wisconsin Story is a larger-than-life, multi-disciplinary adventure.

Visitors experience the change in climate, development of ecosystems, evolution of plants and animals, and the lives of Native Americans as it happened in our area over hundreds of thousands of years. Walk through 425 million years of history from the time Kenosha was at the bottom of a shallow tropical sea, through the ages of insects, dinosaurs and mammals, and ending in 1830 with a Native American village.

The Schaefer mammoth, excavated by the Museum, is a highlight of the exhibition. It documents the earliest interaction of mammoth and man east of the Mississippi River. A Schaefer mammoth replica is set in a special floor display exactly as found on the Schaefer farm in Paris, Wisconsin. Further research on the Schaefer mammoth bones tells us that this site is one of the oldest sites of human habitation in all of the Americas.

The Hebior mammoth was excavated in Kenosha County, Wisconsin and is the largest, most complete mammoth excavated in North America. A life-size replica of the Hebior mammoth was purchased by the Friends of the Museums for this exhibition.

Highlights of the Exhibition Include:

  • Coral reefs and primitive monsters of the deep
  • The Ice Age and the eventual melting of glaciers
  • Schaefer mammoth dig
  • Hebior mammoth replica
  • Native Americans of Wisconsin story

The exhibitions corresponds to school curriculum needs.

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