Journaling a Pandemic

A Historical Perspective from the 1918 Influenza Epidemic The Wisconsin Historical Society is asking for people to join their Covid-19 Journal Project. The purpose of the project is to record the perspectives of Wisconsin citizens as they experience this pandemic. The Wisconsin Historical Society has a collection of Civil War journals that have been preserved … Continue reading Journaling a Pandemic

Portraits

Birgit Knudsdatter (AKA Betsey Johnson) Betsey Johnson Betsy Johnson was born Birgit Knudsdatter on 25 March 1847 in the Old Muskego settlement in Racine County, Wisconsin.  She was the third child born to her parents Knud Johnson Luraas and Gyri Nelsdatter Rue.  Betsy lived in Muskego until about 1849 when her family moved up to … Continue reading Portraits