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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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Industrial School for Boys

Read about the school for juvenile delinquents that was formed in Waukesha, WI. This article contains links to images and official reports.

Brief biography of fomer WI governor William Augustus Barstow (1813 - 1865).

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Mexicans in Wisconsin

Brief history of Mexicans in Wisconsin.

Read about the most famous escapes of fugitive slaves along Wisconsin's Underground Railroad. Includes links to primary sources.

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1950s Pink Kitchen

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Pink kitchen with General Electric appliances and custom built cabinets from a Waukesha, Wisconsin ranch home, c. 1958. (Museum object #2006.82)

When and where did The Gideons International really begin? There are more answers then you would think. Give this a read and decide for yourself.

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Morality in America

Temperance, Abolition and Utopian Communities

Discovery how early Americans founded the abolition and temperance movements to help increase morality

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

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Railroads in Wisconsin

Brief history of railroads in Wisconsin.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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