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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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Governor Dreyfus's Red Vest

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Red velveteen vest worn by Wisconsin Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus, c. 1975. (Museum object #1982.450.15)

The history of tanning and leather processing in Wiscosin.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 24th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Milwaukee and mustered into service on August 15, 1862.

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

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Universalists in Wisconsin

Brief history of Universalists in Wisconsin.

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Roads in Wisconsin (early)

Brief history of early roads in Wisconsin.

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Shipwrecks in Wisconsin

Brief history of shipwrecks in Wisconsin.

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Evangelicals in Wisconsin

Brief history of Evangelicals in Wisconsin.

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Houdini, Harry 1874 - 1926

Magician and Showman

Brief biography of Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926).

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 9th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Sigel, in Milwaukee, mustered into service on October 26, 1861.
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