Because its very existence as a community can be traced to selection as the capital in 1836 Madison has a special relation to Wisconsin’s sesquicentennial anniversary. This exhibit encourages Madisonians to think about the ways in which this status has shaped our community. Historic Madison also urges scholars to undertake the research necessary for a full examination of this important historical issue. The illustrations in this exhibit suggest that although it is by no means the only source of Madison’s uniqueness, status as the state capital is an important part of our sense of place.
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