The immigrants who settled Wisconsin. Who they were. Why they came.

Between 1836 and 1850, Wisconsin’s population increased from a mere 11,000 in 1836 to over 305,000 by 1850. Most arrived by ship and the North Point Lighthouse was the first thing they saw when they arrived in Milwaukee. Discover the history of the immigrants who settled Milwaukee. Read about who they were and why they came. See some of the luggage that held the worldly possessions of an immigrant from Austria. Share stories about your ancestors about where they came from and when they came to America.