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Discover how The Wisconsin Dells came to prominence as a Midwestern tourism institution.

General Information

2014 State Event Schedule

National History Day in Wisconsin

Look at the upcoming state event schedule for National History Day in Wisconsin.

Discover Juliet Severance, the free-thinking Whitewater physician who was involved with the anti-slavery movement, temperance, and women's rights.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Portrait of Lucius Fairchild by John Singer Sargent, 1887. (Museum object #1942.305)

Supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Chapter 10 supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

During the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, an Wisconsin Irishman, casually extinguishes a burning fuse that lands among the troops

Read about the fur trade conducted with the Wisconsin Indians over two centuries by first the French, then the British, and finally the Americans.

Historical Essay

King, Gen. Rufus (1814-1876)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Newspaper Editor

Brief biography of Gen. Rufus King, a leader of the famous Iron Brigade and influential newspaper editor.

The story of Capt. Jonathan Walker whose hand was branded with "S.S." (for "slave stealer") for assisting fugitive slaves.

Historical Essay

The Man with the Iron Hand

Learn about explorer Robert de La Salle's iron-handed chief lieutenant, Henri de Tonty, and what resulted in most likely the worst winter of his life.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Kehl School of Dancing’s "Midget Wedding" Costume, 1940. (Museum object #2005.108.1A-C)

Supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Chapter 11 supplemental materials for the 4th grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story'

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

The exposed underwear of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry prompts a polite suggestion from a little girl.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Milwaukee Light Guard coat worn by Captain John C. Starkweather, 1858-1861. (Museum object #1957.282)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lawyer

Read about Dennis Daily and his remarkable bravery during the Battles of Weldon Road and White Oak Road in Virginia during the Civil War

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.

National History Day in Wisconsin

Check out these excellent websites to help you research your National History Day project.

Father of the Wisconsin Dairy Industry, Wisconsin Governor

Find out about the Wisconsin governor who championed for high standards in the dairy industry and founded the State Dairyman's Association.

Wisconsin Local Area Research Centers (ARCs) provide access to local government records, original manuscript collections and other resources

Historical Essay

Madison Style Ice Boat Model

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Madison Style ice boat model built by the Bernard family, c. 1917, rebuilt 1977. (Museum object #1983.292)
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