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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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Read about the fur trade conducted with the Wisconsin Indians over two centuries by first the French, then the British, and finally the Americans.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Milwaukee Light Guard coat worn by Captain John C. Starkweather, 1858-1861. (Museum object #1957.282)

Historical Essay

Curling in Wisconsin

Discover the rich history of the sport of curling in Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Epidemic Anniversary

Read this informative collection of all the outbreaks and epidemics in Wisconsin's history.

Historical Essay

Allis-Chalmers Governor

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Governor for hydraulic turbine engine, made by the Allis-Chalmers Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1905. (Museum object #2008.64.1)

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

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 18th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Trowbridge in Milwaukee and mustered into service on March 15, 1862.

Learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor through these first hand accounts from Wisconsinites who were there when it happened.

Historical Essay

'Kewtie' Woman's Razor

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Early woman's "Kewtie" brand razor purchased in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1940s. (Museum object #1976.392.43)
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