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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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Brief history of the automobile industry in Wisconsin.

Brief description fo the events surrounding Milwaukee's Third Ward fire of 1892.

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Universalists in Wisconsin

Brief history of Universalists 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.

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Mexicans in Wisconsin

Brief history of Mexicans in Wisconsin.

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Notable Fires in Wisconsin

See a list and brief description of significant fires in Wisconsin history.

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Hill Street Blues Badge

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Police captain's badge prop worn by Wisconsin's Daniel J. Travanti on the television series Hill Street Blues, 1981-1987. (Museum object #2007.41.2)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, organized at Kenosha, which served in the Civil War 1861-1865 and lost 401 men in service.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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Manufacturing in Wisconsin

Brief history of manufacturing in Wisconsin.
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