If your object reflects a cultural heritage, researching the theme of immigration/emigration might prove useful. Look for exhibits and information on the topic generally and on your geographic region of interest.
- (example) The Emigrant's Guide to the United States of America, containing all things necessary to be known by every class of persons emigrating to that continent (1829)
Look for vernacular names for traditional folk objects (examples: kist, kubbestol).
Selected results for research on heritage objects in Wisconsin.