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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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The Origins of Thanksgiving

Examining the historical evidence documenting the first Thanksgiving.

Discover the connections Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King had with the Civil Rights non-violent protests in Milwaukee.

The first and only manifestation The Virgin Mary in the United States confirmed by Vatican officials happened near Green Bay.

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

Learn about the various visits Presidents have made to Wisconsin's Capitol city!

The story of Louise Williams who provided business and legal counsel for women who lived all over southern WI for five decades after the Civil War.

Learn about the tragic story of what happened when Ho-Chunk warrior Red Bird and three companions surrender themselves after killing settlers.

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Bonne Fete, Sieur La Salle!*

Robert de La Salle was on the first expedition to the upper Great Lakes and went on to claim the Mississippi River watershed in the name of France.

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Wisconsin's First Election

Here is the story of Wisconsin's first elections.

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Petersylvania, Wisconsin

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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