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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 Bizarre Story of Scientific Progress

Learn the bizarre story and scientific contributions of Alexis St. Martin, the man who lived over 50 years after a shotgun blasted a hole in his side.

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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.

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Fox Wars, 1712-1730

Brief run down of the events surrounding the series of confrontations between the Fox Indians and the French, largely fought between 1712 and 1730.

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Lumbering in Wisconsin

Brief history of lumbering in Wisconsin.

fur trader, pioneer land speculator

Brief biography of [Jean] Joseph Rolette (1781 - 1842).

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War of 1812 Cannonball

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Fragment of six-pound cannonball fired in battle between American and British forces on July 1814 at Prairie du Chien, Illinois Territory (now Wisconsin).

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Czechs in Wisconsin

Brief history of Czechs in Wisconsin.

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Notable Fires in Wisconsin

See a list and brief description of significant fires in Wisconsin history.

A Plot of Land Becomes a City

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

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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