History of the History Department

WAeroplane view of University of Wisconsin – Madisone are excited to unveil a new page on our website, the History of the History Department! Our illustrious history stretches back to the mid-19th century when the State of Wisconsin and its flagship university were founded. This section highlights benchmarks in the department’s institutional history and key changes in its curriculum, faculty, and students, situating them in the context of the university’s history and broader changes in the discipline of history.

Scroll the pages to learn more about women at the UW, history major George Coleman Poage (who was the first African American athlete to win an Olympic medal), the department’s move to the infamous George Mosse Humanities Building in the 1960s, and more!