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Historical Essay

Juneau, Solomon 1793-1856

Fur Trader, Land Speculator, Politician and Founder of Milwaukee

Brief biography of Solomon Juneau, the fur trader, land speculator and politician who helped found Milwaukee.

Historical Essay

Brisbois, Michael 1760-1837

Fur Trader and Settler

Biography of French-Canadian fur trader Michel Brisbois, who founded the first permanent white settlement in Prairie du Chien.

A Short History of Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Reaume, Charles 1752-1821

Judge

Brief biography of legendary judge Charles Reaume.

Historical Essay

De Langlade Fur Trade Pouch

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Quilled buckskin pouch used by Charles de Langlade to carry his fur trade papers in northern Wisconsin, mid to late 1700s. (Museum object #1955.186)

Date: 1937 

Description: Pictorial map showing historical events and locations within the state of Wisconsin, as well as waterways and counties. Original caption on the bottom marg...

Date: 1956 ca.

Description: This map shows Lake Wisconsin, roads, highways, parks, resort areas, camps, gardens, and Wisconsin State experimental game and fur farm. The back of the ma...

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: Historic marker placed on the site of the first cabin built in Milwaukee, 1795. A replica cabin is behind. The plaque says: On this site the first permane...

Learn about the first extreme winters in Wisconsin suffered by explorers and settlers in the 17th through 19th centuries, with links to other articles

Land Speculator and Businessman

Biography of fur trader, lumberman, land speculator and businessman Hercules Louis Dousman.

How Native Life was Transformed

Discover how white contact disrupted and transformed Indian life in Wisconsin in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Description: Several French fur traders negotiating with native Indians at La Baye.

Date: 1892-03 ca.

Description: An Indian sets up a hunting trap, with a rifle resting against a tree in the background.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Carte-de-visite portrait engraving of Solomon Laurent Juneau (1793-1856), Wisconsin fur trader and politician.

Historical Essay

Beaver Top Hat

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Top hat made from beaver felt and worn by Green Bay resident Morgan L. Martin, c. 1825. (Museum object #1968.644)

A Bizarre Story of Scientific Progress

Learn the bizarre story and scientific contributions of Alexis St. Martin, the man who lived over 50 years after a shotgun blasted a hole in his side.

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Panoramic view of two men riding on top of a horse-drawn wagon loaded with animal hides. They are driving on a street in a small town near two four-story f...

A Priest Follows Another Priest's 300-Year-Old Path to Death

Learn how Rev. A. A. A. Schmirler traced the path Fr. Rene Menard took in 1661 down northern Wisconsin's rivers to the likely spot of his death.

Date: 1812-03-14 

Description: A fur trade engagement for Charles St. Antoine dit Vacher, written in French.

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