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Learn Wisconsin History

Start here to discover the rich history of Wisconsin. Whether enjoying a simple pursuit of information or on a deeper quest for understanding, these essays are perfect for genealogists, students, teachers and those who simply love history.

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Wisconsin Historical Essays

Learn something new about Wisconsin's past and gain a deeper understanding of your world.

Historical Essay

Kickapoo Indians

A Brief Introduction

Read about the term Kickapoo Indians and learn more through links to Kickapoo tribes in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

A Brief Introduction

Read about the term Winnebago Indians, and follow links to the Ho-Chunk and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska to learn more about the communities.
Historical Figures in Wisconsin

Read the biographies of Wisconsin's historical figures, from the notable to the notorious.

Historical Essay

"Fighting" Bob La Follette

Governor and Progressive

Discover how Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette and the Progressive Movement reformed state government and the Republican Party.

Brief biography of John Plankinton, a meat packer and businessman.

Review the brief biography of John Plankinton, a meat packer and businessman.
Short History of Wisconsin
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Take a quick tour through major events in Wisconsin's history, from prehistoric times to the 20th-century.

A Short History of Wisconsin

A Short History of Wisconsin

A Short History of Wisconsin

Learn about the key people and events during Wisconsin's Territorial Era (1787-1848).

A Short History of Wisconsin

Read about immigration and economic growth in 19th-century Wisconsin.

A Short History of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Communities
Historic birds-eye map of LaCrosse.

These short overviews include links to learn more through images, essays, newspapers and historical records.

Historical Essay

Kickapoo Indians

A Brief Introduction

Read about the term Kickapoo Indians and learn more through links to Kickapoo tribes in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

A Brief Introduction

Read about the term Winnebago Indians, and follow links to the Ho-Chunk and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska to learn more about the communities.

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