In October, I spent two days with curators Matt Carpenter and Sharon Clothier photographing artifacts at the History Museum at the Castle (in Appleton) and the Charles A. Grignon Mansion (in Kaukauna), two sites operated by the Outagamie County Historical Society. The images are processed, the catalog entries are written, and 16 artifacts from that visit can now be viewed online in the database.
Not all of the objects I documented were made in Wisconsin. When Charles A. Grignon built the “Mansion in the Woods” in Kaukauna in 1837, he filled it with fashionable furnishings imported to Wisconsin from upstate New York via the Great Lakes. An Empire-style chest of drawers, used as a sideboard, is thought to have been made in New York, and a well-worn Windsor armchair was a family heirloom brought to Wisconsin from the East.