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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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Newhall House fire (1883)

Brief overview of the fire that burned down The Newhall House, a large hotel in Milwaukee, in 1883.

Brief description fo the events surrounding Milwaukee's Third Ward fire of 1892.

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Freethinkers in Wisconsin

Brief history of Freethinkers in Wisconsin.

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Governor Dreyfus's Red Vest

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Red velveteen vest worn by Wisconsin Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus, c. 1975. (Museum object #1982.450.15)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 51st Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Washburn in Milwaukee from March 20-April 29, 1865, at the very end of the war.

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Universalists in Wisconsin

Brief history of Universalists in Wisconsin.

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Yankees in Wisconsin

Brief history of Yankees in Wisconsin.

Learn how epidemics erupted in Wisconsin and the ways communities responded

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Roads in Wisconsin (early)

Brief history of early roads in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry, which served in the Civil War and lost 217 men during service.
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