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

Historical Essay

Surveyor's Tree Blaze

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Surveyor's tree blaze from the 1841 expedition to lay out the boundary between Wisconsin and Michigan, found at Trout Lake, Vilas County, Wisconsin. (Museu

Read about the creation of the Wisconsin territory, the formation of a territorial government, and the move of the capital from Belmont to Madison.

Historical Essay

Wisconsin Governors

View a chronological list of Wisconsin governors.

A Short History of Wisconsin

Learn about the key people and events during Wisconsin's Territorial Era (1787-1848).
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