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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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Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 24th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Milwaukee and mustered into service on August 15, 1862.

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Universalists in Wisconsin

Brief history of Universalists in Wisconsin.

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Shipwrecks in Wisconsin

Brief history of shipwrecks in Wisconsin.

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The Civil War Home Front

How the Women of Wisconsin Helped Win the War

Discover how women on the Wisconsin home front helped win the Civil War.

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Lead Toy Soldier Casting Kit

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Toy-Moulds set made by the Make-A-Toy Co. and used by the Asmuth family of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1930s. (Museum object #1962.228.30,A-U)

Brief history of the meat packing industry in Wisconsin.

Brief biography of Philip Danforth Armour who established one of the world's largest meat packing firms.

Brief biography of Philip Danforth Armour who established one of the world's largest meat packing firms.

Read about the pottery industry in Wisconsin, which began when English potters emigrated in the 1840s and operated until the early 20th century.

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Civil War, Wisconsin Troops

Brief hisory of troops from Wisconsin in the Civil War.

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First Practical Typewriter

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Sholes & Glidden typewriter developed by Christopher Latham Sholes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and marketed c. 1874. (Museum object #1964.31)
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