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Historical Essay

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.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

George Pollard's Palette

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Used by the artist George Pollard of Kenosha, Wisconsin, as a 'scrapbook' of his distinguished career. (Museum object #2007.108.1)

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

Historical Essay

Notable Fires in Wisconsin

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

Learn about the oldest cities and towns in Wisconsin which were established by 1836 and still exist today.

Historical Essay

Death Penalty in Wisconsin

Brief history of the death penalty in Wisconsin.

Read about the most famous escapes of fugitive slaves along Wisconsin's Underground Railroad. Includes links to primary sources.

Historical Essay

Pike Creek

Origin of Pike Creek, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Pike Creek, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Paris

Origin of Paris, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Paris, Wisconsin.

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.

Historical Essay

Lithuanians in Wisconsin

Learn about the Lithuanians who emigrated to Wisconsin in the early 20th century and again after World War II.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Wisconsin Governor

Brief biography of Gov. Louis P. Harvey, helped organize the Republican Party in 1854, state senator from 1854-1857 and in 1862 became governor.

Historical Essay

Slovenians in Wisconsin

Learn about the Slovenians who settled in cities in the southern and eastern parts of the state in large numbers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Brief history of railroad disasters in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Arm and leg restraints that bound John McCaffary, the last man executed in Wisconsin, 1851. (Museum object #1976.249.1–.2)

Historical Essay

African American Migration

World War II and it Effect on Blacks

Discover the effects World War II had on Blacks in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Kenosha County

Origin of Kenosha County, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Kenosha County, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Orson Welles, 1915-1985

Cinematic Visionary

Learn about this Wisconsin-born director, his relationship with the film industry, and his lasting legacy as a filmmaker.

Brief history of the automobile industry in Wisconsin.
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