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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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Serbians in Wisconsin

Brief history of Serbians in Wisconsin.

Brief history of Christian Science in Wisconsin.

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Early U.S. Settlement

Military Outposts in Wisconsin

Read how American forts were established and settlement increased in Wisconsin after the War of 1812.

Brief history of the United Brethrens in Wisconsin.

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Cornish in Wisconsin

Brief history of the Cornish in Wisconsin.

Brief history of the Milwaukee and Rock River Canal.

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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.

Brief history of the fishing industry in Wisconsin.

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Shotz Brewery Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Shotz Brewery smock used in Laverne and Shirley television series, 1976-1980. (Museum object #2006.38.1)

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How Madison Became a City

Madison went from a small village in 1836 to being organized and governed as a city in 20 years time
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