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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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Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 8th Wisconsin Light Artillery, known as "Lyons' Pinery Battery," which was organized at Racine and served in the Civil War from 1862-1865.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn about the 3rd Wisconsin Light Artillery, or Badger Battery, which served in the Civil War from 1862 to 1865, losing 27 men.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 5th Wisconsin Light Artillery, which served in the Civil War from 1861-1865 and lost 25 men during service.

Learn about Wisconsin's contributions to the Civil War effort, including the Iron Brigade and Old Abe, the war eagle.

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Purim Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Costume worn by Gary Ray Howards of Racine during the Jewish holiday of Purim, 1957. (Museum object #2003.20.2)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 6th Wisconsin Light Artillery, the Buena Vista Artillery, which served in the Civil War from 1861-1865 and lost 29 men during service.

Learn about the canal era and the use of steamboats on Wisconsin waterways and lakes in the 19-th century.

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Early Two-Piece Bathing Suit

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Two-piece bathing suit worn by Lois Nelson of Racine, Wisconsin, c. 1947. (Museum object #2003.113.6A-B)

Learn how Wisconsin became an industrial center in the latter half of the 19th century.

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Electric Drink Mixer

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Electric mixer manufactured by Wisconsin Electric Co. of Racine, Wisconsin between 1921 and 1928. (Museum object #2004.18.1A-B)
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