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Historical Essay

Woman Suffrage Tunic

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Parade tunic worn by Wisconsin suffrage supporter during Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, 1916. (Museum object #1956.1450)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lawyer, 8th Wisconsin Governor

Learn about the German born man who would become Wisconsin's 8th governor. This article includes links to original documents.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Eagle feather from Old Abe, the mascot of the 8th Regiment of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. (Museum object #1972.59)

Historical Essay

Champion Hill, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about Wisconsin's role in this Civil War battle. This article includes links to battle maps and original documents.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Eagle feather dance staff used at 1933 World's Fair by Ho-Chunk dancers from the Wisconsin Dells. (Museum object #2001.49.1)

Read about the Woodland and Middle Mississippean Indian cultures that flourished at Trempealeau and Aztalan 1000 years ago.

Wisconsin's First Outdoor Rock Festival

Learn about and view photographs of Wisconsin's first outdoor rock festival, a groundbreaking three-day event.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 26th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 265 men during service.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, 9th Wisconsin Secretary of State, Newspaper Publisher

Thomas S. Allen is best remembered for his leadership of the 5th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War.

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.

Historical Essay

Sundae Sermon

Defining Sundaes

Was the first ice cream sundae made in Wisconsin or New York? Give this whimsical story a read and come to your own conclusion.

Historical Essay

Deer Hide Jacket

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Deer hide jacket of Ruel Garnich Baldwin, c. 1915. (Museum object #2005.147.1)

Read how German Americans opposed Americanization and Native Americans opposed assimilation through English instruction in their schools.

Discover the story of French traders saved from starvation by Ottawa Indians at the headwaters of the Chippewa River in 1659.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Garnet velvet evening gown worn by Wisconsin First Lady Charlotte McAleer Kohler to President Eisenhower's 1953 Inauguration Ball. (Museum object #1960.211

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

The Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, in May 1864 pitted 100,000 Union troops against 52,000 Confederates.

Grant County Rural Schools

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Politician, Sheriff

Wisconsin photographer David Marcou's images of life in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The Extinction of a Species

Read about how the species of passenger pigeons became extinct. Follow links to short essays on the topic and view a collection of images.
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