“Sometimes powerful and compelling stories come from unexpected and unusual places.”
Given the absolute truth of the above statement, the Wisconsin Historical Society has mounted an on-going exhibition dedicated to weird and wonderful objects. Odd Wisconsin includes such items as an Oscar Meyer Banjo and a Bull Semen Parachute (both seen above). The parachute was used to used by the University of Wisconsin to deliver fresh bull semen to rural farmers in the 1940s. Unaware that such an activity every happened? Us too. And, it is these types of stories and the objects that keep them alive that make Odd Wisconsin so fun. The exhibition was curated by Joe Kapler, who I worked with while at UW.
A great selection of objects and stories are available from Wisconsinhistory.org.