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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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Find out where some of the most traveled streets of Madison got their names.

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

Read the story of Madison's first and most beloved drunkard, Pinneo.

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The Founding of Major Cities

Read how land speculation and the development of transportation spurred settlement in 19th-century Wisconsin, leading to the rise of larger cities.

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The Civil War Home Front

Discover how the Civil War affected life on the home front and the role of women in supporting the war effort.

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Jose Canseco Baseball Card

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Baseball card featuring Jose Canseco of the Madison Muskies, published by Larry Fritsch Cards, Inc, Stevens Point, WI, 1983. (Museum object #1984.156.13)

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British Open Golf Glove

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Golf glove worn by Sherri Steinhauer of Madison, Wisconsin to win the 2006 Weetabix Women's British Open, August 3-6, 2006. (Museum object #2007.81.2)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, U.S. Marshall, Business Owner

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