Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Capitol Tour

Story of Madison

Capitol timeline


Read More About It

"Wisconsin Blue Book" 2001


Vocabulary:

Legislature


Interesting Fact:

The Capitol's nickname was "Doty's Washbowl" because of its leaky roof and the tin dome.


Study Questions:

  • What do you think Madison was like in 1838? How did the Capitol look back then?
  • What issues did the Legislature handle in 1838?
  • How many years was the 1838 Capitol building used?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the early Wisconsin legislature and Capitol building:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on November 28:

    1943: President Franklin Roosevelt mmets with Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin in Tehran during World War II.
    2001: Enron Corp. collapses in financial ruin.



  • November 28

    November 28, 1838: The Legislature met for the first time in the new Capitol building in Madison.


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