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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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Geologist, Archaeologist, and Soldier

Brief biography of Charles Whittlesey (1808 - 1886).

The Printer and the Priest

Discover how Wisconsin got its first printing press, and the impact that a Catholic priest would have on Ho-Chunk literacy.

Learn about the development of professional sports teams in Wisconsin in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Petersylvania, Wisconsin

A Bizarre Story of Land Prospecting Gone Awry

Read the amazing story of a man who watched his potential 10,000-square-mile northern Wisconsin empire disappear into thin air.

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Elections in Wisconsin

Brief history of elections in Wisconsin.

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Catholics in Wisconsin

Brief history of Catholics in Wisconsin.

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Indian schools in Wisconsin

Brief history of Indian schools in Wisconsin.

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Belgians in Wisconsin

Brief history of Belgians in Wisconsin.

When the Beaver was King

Discover how beavers transformed Wisconsin's economy in the 1650s for the next two centuries.

Brief history of the ice harvesting industry in Wisconsin.
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