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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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Shipbuilding in Wisconsin

Brief history of shipbuilding in Wisconsin.

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Roads in Wisconsin (early)

Brief history of early roads in Wisconsin.

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Russians in Wisconsin

Brief history of Russians in Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Brief history of the brewing tradition in Wisconsin.

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Nativity Scene Crèche Set

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Nativity scene creche set assembled and used by a Polish-American family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin beginning around 1895. (Museum accession #2007.100)

Drawing the Line from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan

Discover how businessmen and the legislature cooperated to create Wisconsin's first railroad.

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Estonians in Wisconsin

Brief history of Estonians in Wisconsin.

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Milwaukee Handicraft Project

The Milwaukee Handicraft Project was a program of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) that employed women to make handmade products.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 28th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 240 men during service.
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