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Historical Essay

20th-Century Immigration

Learn how economic and social conditions in Wisconsin and elsewhere brought new groups of immigrants to Wisconsin in the 20th century.

Historical Essay

The Founding of Major Cities

Read how land speculation and the development of transportation spurred settlement in 19th-century Wisconsin, leading to the rise of larger cities.

Read about the life of this influential Wisconsonite and his contributions to the field of architecture. Article includes links to many primary sources.

Ever wonder why beer is so popular in Wisconsin? Wisconsin history is full of breweries and beer.

Learn about Wisconsin's contributions to the Civil War effort, including the Iron Brigade and Old Abe, the war eagle.

View the collection of images of Wisconsin women in a variety of activities: farm work, canning, suffragism, photography, war work and civil rights.

View these 19th-century panoramic, detailed maps of Wisconsin communities.

Historical Essay

Governor Dreyfus's Red Vest

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Red velveteen vest worn by Wisconsin Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus, c. 1975. (Museum object #1982.450.15)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Schlitz "Sunshine Vitamin D" Beer Can featuring Continental Can Co.'s new crown top design, 1936. (Museum Object 2011.77.1)

Read about the development of social and cultural institutions such as public schools, churches, colleges and universities and Indian mission schools.

Learn about the LGBT rights movement in Wisconsin. This article also contains links to other articles about the history of the LGBT movement in WI.

A Historical Look at Service Stations

Photographs of Wisconsin gas stations portray the development of service station architecture.

An intimate look at family, architecture, interiors and fashion in Victorian Wisconsin between 1885 and 1900

Learn about the lives of upper-middle class Wisconsinites in the Victorian period between 1885 and 1900.

View a pictorial review of the Wisconsin State Fair from 1851 when it began.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

Learn about how the Wisconsin Free Library Commission helped to establish and improve free public libraries in Wisconsin.

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

Historical Essay

Catlin, John, 1803-1874

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.

Read about Earth Day's founder, Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator and early environmentalist.
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