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Learning more about this beautiful state and its history.

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(Tuesday) First, I should correct something from yesterday's blog. WI license plates say, "America's Dairyland", not "Land of 10,000 Lakes" which is Minnesota's slogan. I also forgot to mention that I took in a movie, "Dunkirk". Excellent, I would recommend seeing it.

As always, my State Museum visits are informative for I learn about the heritage, its people, and their employment. Wisconsin, as I previously mentioned, grew out of the Northwest Territories. The pattern of westward expansion of the white settlers was to drive the Native Americans from their lands, either by treaties or by Federal Troops outnumbering them in war skirmishes. The Indian tribes in WI were part of 3 major Indian Nations; Iroquois, Sioux, and Algonquin. The first white settlement was in the Green Bay area in the eastern mid-section of the state. First came the British, (Irish, Welch), later Germans, Swiss, Pols, and Scandinavians (Norwegians, Swedes, Finns, Danes , Dutch, Belgians, Icelanders) all settling in WI seeking religious freedom and escape from famine, persecution, and other ills put upon them in Europe. With this mass immigration came a wide variety of skills which all contributed to their new homeland, specifically Wisconsin.

Today, the State of Wisconsin ranks #2 in milk production, #1 in cheese-making, #3 in potato growing, #1 in cranberry production, and is among the leading states in corn & soy bean production, cattle & calf raising, hog, chicken & egg production. The State ranks #1 in paper product production, and has company headquarters to major corporations, such as, Kohler Corp., Mercury Marine, Evinrude Motors, Briggs & Stratton, Oshkosh By'Gosh, Harley-Davidson, Case IH, Ariens Corp., Ashley Furniture, etc., etc. I forgot to mention the major brewers in Milwaukee. Ship-building is significant and tourism is huge also, since it borders Lake Michigan to the east and Lake Superior to the north, and within its borders are the thousands of fresh water lakes for people to enjoy in recreation. The museum, while a little out-dated compared to others I have visited, gave me a real appreciation for this beautiful state.

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum was well done with many vignettes illustrating different wars (Indian wars, Civil War, Spanish-American, WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Desert Storm, War on Terror) our country waged has against our enemies. It, of course, stressed the importance of Wisconsin's contribution to each and the sacrifices its citizens made to our nation to assure our freedom.

On to Minnesota tomorrow...........

Posted by dixter 05:36 Archived in USA Tagged a day wisconsin appreciation

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