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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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A Plot of Land Becomes a City

Discover how Wisconsin went from a small part of a territory to a capital city.

Brief history of the temperance movement in Wisconsin.

An Old Man's Tall Tale

Wisconsin pioneer Joseph Crelie was said to be 139 years old when he was exhibited to spectators in 1864. But how old was he really?

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Indian schools in Wisconsin

Brief history of Indian schools in Wisconsin.

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Germans in Wisconsin

Brief history of Germans in Wisconsin.

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Peshtigo Fire

Brief account of the Peshtigo Fire that, in 1871, destroyed in two hours a swath of forest 10 miles wide and 40 miles long.

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Hmong in Wisconsin

Bries explanation of Hmong communities in Wisconsin.

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Brett Favre's Packers Jersey

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Green Bay Packers football jersey worn by Brett Favre during game against Chicago Bears, January 2, 2005. (Museum object #2005.83.1)

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Lumbering in Wisconsin

Brief history of lumbering in Wisconsin.

An Unreliable Text and Other Evidence

Wisconsin History books teach that Jean Nicolet was the first white person to reach the state, but he may have been the second.
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