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Wisconsin History Essays

Learn something new about the past and gain a deeper understanding of your world. Hundreds of essays tell the stories of the people, places and events that are Wisconsin history.

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Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to De Pere, Wisconsin.

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Manufacturing in Wisconsin

Brief history of manufacturing in Wisconsin.

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20th Century Immigration

The History of Modern Immigration in Wisconsin

Discover the economic and cultural changes that brought new immigrants to Wisconsin in the 20th century.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Land Speculation and Cities

How Real Estate Owners Created Wisconsin

Discover how land owners promoted their towns and villages for settlers and created the cities you know today.

When the Beaver was King

Discover how beavers transformed Wisconsin's economy in the 1650s for the next two centuries.

Learn about the origin, and the many spellings and multiple meanings of "Wisconsin."

A Plot of Land Becomes a City

Discover how Wisconsin went from a small part of a territory to a capital city.

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Curling in Wisconsin

Discover the rich history of the sport of curling in Wisconsin.

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Early U.S. Settlement

Military Outposts in Wisconsin

Read how American forts were established and settlement increased in Wisconsin after the War of 1812.
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