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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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Learn about the origin, and the many spellings and multiple meanings of "Wisconsin."

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Lumbering in Wisconsin

Brief history of lumbering 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?

Learn about the oldest cities and towns in Wisconsin which were established by 1836 and still exist today.

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Canals in Wisconsin

Read about the canal era in Wisconsin, including the canal at the portage between the Fox and Wisconsin rivers and the Milwaukee and Rock River Canal

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Curling in Wisconsin

Discover the rich history of the sport of curling in Wisconsin.

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Ojibwe Presentation Pipe

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Ojibwe pipe presented to Wisconsin territorial governor James Duane Doty, 1844. (Museum object #1955.399,A)

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Winnebago War (1827)

Brief description of the Winnebago War.

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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.
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