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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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A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Learn about the strong influence Wisconsin held on the national automobile industry in the early-mid 20th Century.

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

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 2nd Wisconsin Light Artillery was organized at La Crosse and mustered into service on October 10, 1861.

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Racine Belles Movie Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Racine Belles baseball uniform costume worn in the 1992 movie, A League of Their Own. (Museum object #2008.145.1.1)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 4th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Utley in Racine and mustered into service on July 9, 1861.

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

Learn about the influx of African Americans to Wisconsin and the economic conditions that brought them in the decades following World War II.

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.
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