Madison's Every Place Has a Story Walking Tour
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum tells the stories of Wisconsin Veterans from the Civil War to present day. It is the only place in the state where you can stand with a Civil War cannon captured at the battle of Shiloh, read letters written by a World War I Army nurse, listen to an oral history interview with a World War II sailor, admire a Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to a Korean War hero, view a Huey helicopter that flew missions in Vietnam, peer outside with the help of a Cold War era submarine periscope, and learn about Wisconsin women and men serving in current conflicts.
Built between 1906 and 1917, the Wisconsin State Capitol is the location of the state's seat of government, housing the Office of the Governor, the state Supreme Court, and both chambers of the state legislature. Designed by famed architect George Post, the Capitol is a beautiful example of Renaissance Revival architecture as interpreted through the Beaux-Arts style. The building is 284.5 feet tall, including the large statue erected on top of the dome created by celebrated artist Daniel Chester French who also created the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. The Capitol is the third since the state was granted statehood 1848 (two served as territorial capitols). The dome is notable not only for its large size but also for the fact that is the largest granite dome in the world and the only granite capitol dome in the country. The Capitol is also significant for its association with the progressive political movement of the early 20th century, as championed by Governor Robert La Follette (1900-1906) and his sons, which profoundly impacted state and national politics. All of these factors led to the Capitol to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 2001.