WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Hands-on Stereo Photographs

Hand-held stereoscopic viewers were all the rage in Victorian parlors to view scenic wonders around the world. H. H. Bennett’s Dells of the Wisconsin River scenes were no exception. The entrepreneurial Bennett did not let the popularity of stereoviewers pass him by. He produced thousands of stereo photographs and mounted them on cards emblazoned with the name of his studio. These were sold nationwide and were extremely popular. Students will be able to:

  • Discover the history and beauty of the Wisconsin Dells area
  • Learn about the life and artistry of Henry Hamilton Bennett through original objects
  • Appreciate the Ho-Chunk Nation
  • View and learn about stereoscopic views
  • Find out how tourism began in Wisconsin Dells
  • Tour H. H. Bennett’s 1875 photography studio
  • Make the Leap to Stand Rock – like Bennett’s son Ashley did